Wow, I love Christmas! Seriously, who doesn't love the atmosphere and the spirit in the air?
My boys tend to be a little spoiled at Christmas time. We explained to them this year it would not be as over indulgent as usual.
Whilst our family is not overly religious, I have been stressing the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Jesus' Birthday! The two young boys LOOOOOVE birthday parties so that's what I've been telling them Chrissie day is. One big birthday party. BUT I am also trying to make sure that they bring back the idea of giving, not just receiving.
I thought we best start in the home. All boys have picked out a Christmas present for their brothers and have paid for half of it out of their own pocket money.
Kmart have a Wishing Tree where you can donate money or gifts to people in need. The little ones are going to pick a present each and put it under the tree for other little ones that aren't as lucky as them.
I was racking my brains for some other ideas. Christmas cards for their friends with candy canes or choccies in the envelopes? Donating old toys to the Salvos? I ended up finding some blogs that are all to do with Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. I absolutely love some of these ideas for my boys, and decided I'd add the ones I thought of and make an advent calendar. Some days are treats, and some days have an activity.
Here are some of my favourites:
A random act of kindness... Love the simplicity of just writing someone a friendly note. I could imagine the smile on my face if that happened to me!
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness fb page Love everyone's input and the wide range of ideas shared across the board
Light 'Em Up Some more great ideas and really helpful print-outs!
The Daily Buzz Different ways to create your advent calendars
Hope this has inspired you to start a new tradition - It's never too late to start!
Merry Christmas to all and your families