There’s no time of year that fills my heart with joy quite like this time of year. The holiday season is truly magical, isn’t it?
When you think about it, we hurry and scurry around for a good month or two, with one end game in mind: to bring SOMEONE ELSE joy.
Every year I sit in awe of the kindness I see displayed around me, and every year I vow to take my own efforts to the next level. So I started making a list.
To hit my list’s goal of 25 days (beginning Dec. 1, of course), I decided to keep the holiday acts of kindness small and simple to accomplish, yet still meaningful.
SO. In the spirit of the season I’d like to share my list with our readers (yes, YOU) with the hope that it inspires you to join in as well! I promise, everything on this list is totally do-able in your daily life, requires minimal effort, and will reap huge rewards!
25 Small Holiday Acts Of Kindness
1. Give up your spot in line.
2. Make holiday ornaments for your neighbors.
3. Help someone do a chore or other job.
4. Purchase and donate dog and cat food for pets in need.
5. Take small Christmas treats or simple gifts along while running errands to pass out to cashiers, servers or other employees you encounter.
6. Hand out candy canes to everyone in line at the post office or grocery store.
7. Take hot chocolate and snacks to holiday bell ringers.
8. Donate food to a food bank.
9. Shop for children who are in the hospital over the holidays.
10. Bring in donuts, bagels, or coffee for co-workers.
11. Take baked goods to your local fire or police station to thank them for working tirelessly to keep our community safe.
12. Pay for someone’s order at a coffee shop.
13. Volunteer your time at a local charity.
14. Go out to dinner and surprise your server with a large tip.
15. Call or write to a family member you haven’t seen or spoken with in a while.
17. Tape money to vending machines.
18. Give a $5 grocery gift card to the person behind you in line at the store.
19. Give a fast food restaurant gift card to a homeless person.
20. Cook a special meal for your family. (Good food and family time—that’s two acts of kindness in one!)
21. Send letters or care packages to soldiers defending our country.
22. Fill a parking meter downtown on a busy day.
23. Make Christmas goodie boxes for your mail and garbage carriers.
24. Make a card for and spend time with an older adult in your life.
25. Donate “most needed” items (diapers, feminine hygiene products, wipes, formula) to a shelter or other organization.
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