We have come to the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness journey. But I say “it is the last day” only because it is Christmas Eve. YOU can keep the Christmas kindness journey going all year. This was just a warmup to get you used to thinking about kindness each day. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit so if you can just keep this thing going through January 2 you should be golden!!
Some people are fortunate to be off work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But there are many people who have to work those days and TODAY I want to highlight those in emergency services. Firemen, police officers, hospital personnel and EMS workers. House fires, car accidents and heart attacks don’t care that it is Christmas Day. Life keeps going no matter what day it is and for those in emergency services, we are very thankful for their commitment!!
Your final day of this Christmas Kindness challenge is to make cookies or take a food basket to someone who is working on Christmas Day at an emergency service location. Santa hats off to all those who work round the clock to keep us safe and healthy.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a safe and happy Christmas night!
For today’s kindness gift,
You need not look too far
To give a neighbor, friend or student
A gift of gasoline for their car.
Vehicles are now the way to go,
No horse and buggy do we need.
But gasoline can cost a lot.
So give a gas card for your good deed.
One more day to complete the task
Of the kindness journey we have been doing.
I pray as you wind down the fun
You will remember to keep the kindness going.
Be sure to read tomorrow
As we come down to the end.
For tomorrow may be the kindness act
That could find you a brand new friend.
Enjoy the day before Christmas Eve!!
Yesterday my husband, daughters and I took my mom and dad to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. My mom has always wanted to go there at Christmas time and with my sister being sick the last several years and passing away last December, my parents had never taken the time to go. My husband thought it would be a good road trip opportunity.
So off to Asheville we went! We had a great road trip with the six of us laughing and chatting and eating more snacks!! (It’s Christmas time remember. hahaha) We booked reservations for one of the evening candlelight tours and it was awesome!! Seeing the forty-some beautifully decorated trees just put an exclamation mark on my Christmas spirit! The intricate architecture of the home along with learning the history of the family and the estate was fascinating.
But most of all………spending special time with my mom and dad was THE BEST! I don’t spend enough time with them. This trip made me realize how much we need to slow down and enjoy every minute with those we love. I think sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas and doing all the things we think we are supposed to do that we forget to actually enjoy our loved ones.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness Challenge for Day 10 is to make an extra special effort to stop and spend a little time with someone we care about. Do you need to spend a few concentrated minutes or hours with your parents, your sibling, your best friend, your child, your neighbor or your grandparent?
Don’t lose any more precious time, or take the chance of having the “I wish I would have” syndrome. Set your priority today to spend a little time with those who are very special to you……..and let them know just how special they are. It’s the gift of time that just keeps on giving.
Merry Christmas-Slow-Down Day!!
Food consumption seems to increase tremendously between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I read the other day where people gain an average of 5 pounds during the holidays. I find that I bake more and cook bigger meals while my girls are home and we are snuggled in with the Christmas decorations glowing and Hallmark movies playing. I buy more Little Debbie® snack cakes and chips and dip during this time, too as if somehow I deserve this extra food during the holidays that “brings me great JOY”.
Preparing and consuming extra food and snacks can really increase the supermarket tab. Grocery stores know exactly how to market the baking items during this season, too. They have “baking displays” that have all the things we need in one place and we tend to buy more than we really need because it’s there and we think we may need it in the future.
For those who may struggle with grocery bills during the year, this pressure can increase during the holidays and the additional commitments to bake and cook can cause a hardship on the budget.
Day 9 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness challenge is to buy a gift card for the local grocery store or a gift basket of food and send it or deliver it to someone who could use a little extra help with the food bill during Christmas. Anonymous gifts are always the best kind to give………..and to receive!
Which reminds me……..thank you to the anonymous little Christmas Elf who left me the “iBelieve” gifts. Each year I get a gift with my favorite word, BELIEVE, on it and after several years I still have no idea who it is……….it’s actually very cool and I appreciate it!
Happy eating……….and grocery shopping…….and food gift giving!
Online shopping is all the rage these days!!
“Extra 25% off online orders.”
“Free Shipping on all orders over $50.”
“Order now and it will be there by December 24th.”
Shoppers count on the shipping magicians to make it happen! If the vendor says it will be here on time, then by George it will be here on time.
But do the vendors and the shoppers realize that their packages are not the only ones promised to be delivered on time? Do people realize that UPS, Fed Ex, US Postal Service and Elf Express are working as many hours with as many vehicles as humanly possible?
A friend told me the other day that she saw the mailman driving his car that was so packed down with packages he could hardly see!! It’s not safe! hahhaha And have you ever seen a delivery driver speeding to the next house with the long-awaited packages? He might as well have a red light flashing on top of the vehicle so everyone can pull over and let the “emergency personnel” drive by. hahhaa
Today’s Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness Challenge is to show a little love to your postal worker or delivery person. It’s a hard time of year for these folks and showing a little extra kindness will brighten their day. Some ideas may include a gift card for lunch somewhere, a WalMart or Target gift card, a coffee mug with candy, a water bottle, a batch of homemade fudge, tools for a male driver or fingernail polish and lotion for a female driver, etc. The possibilities are endless!
I know it’s Sunday, but get prepared today, and leave it for them tomorrow. It’s just a little Pick-Me-Up for the people who do the heavy lifting!
All the jingle bells and holly-jolly greetings seem to go flat about now………the last shopping weekend before Christmas. The strolling-along-looking-at decorations and leisurely window shopping attitudes have turned into honking horns and screaming at drivers to hurry up and get through that yellow light!
No more fa-la-la-la-la’s. Just bah humbugs. Hurry and scurry to get what they need the fastest way they can and get on home. Well, well…… if you are headed out shopping today, get prepared. There are only 6 more days until Christmas. I’m not sure why people are surprised and not prepared. Christmas falls on December 25th every year!
So the 7th day of the Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness challenge is to think about that word KINDNESS. Whether you are going to a big mall, a local WalMart or CVS, let someone go in front of you in line or give someone else the closer parking spot. Chances are 5 more minutes of waiting in line or 25 more steps to the door will not make or break your day. But I bet showing KINDNESS to someone who may not be expecting it in the midst of the hustle and bustle, could just make THEIR DAY and in turn, bring a little cheer back into yours!
Have a Merry Day!
Cards. Cards. And More Cards.
Christmas cards used to flood our home. I have a little metal Christmas tree that has slots in it to hold cards. Growing up we would tape our Christmas cards around the door frame for decorations. They were simple cards that just had a “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” greeting with a brief update on what was going on with the family at the moment. My sister and I loved going to the mailbox to see how many cards we would get. We looked at the front and read the verse on the inside and took the time to tape them up next to yesterday’s cards.
I am getting fewer cards in the mail these days. It’s okay because I don’t send many. Postage is ridiculously expensive. Then you have the decision as to where you draw the line on recipients; “do I send to those I see every day”; “do I wait and send one to those who send me one”; “do I keep last year’s cards and send to only those who sent them out last year”?
Then the “keeping-up-with-the-Joneses” mind-set creeps in. Should I have premade cards or regular cards? Should I have a newsletter capturing all the good things we did this past year? But I didn’t keep good notes on what I did! Should I write the newsletter by month? Or should I write it by family member? Should I get a card that has our picture ON it or should I enclose a picture?
Who would have ever thought that the art of sending a card could have become so tedious and full of so much pressure!
Your Christmas Kindness challenge today is to go back to the old-school way of thinking and pull out a plain old Christmas card. Nothing fancy. Pictures or newsletters do not need to be included. Instead think of someone who has had a rough year; someone who has lost a loved one and will have sadness during the season; someone who has been sick or had cancer or surgery. Someone who needs to know people care……someone who needs to know YOU care. Tell them in the card you are thinking of them this season and then as you seal the envelope say a silent prayer for the Lord to give them peace during this Christmas season.
Remember the commercial for Coca Cola years ago that had a kid giving Mean Joe Green a Coke and the phrase was “Have a Coke and a Smile?” The kid smiled at the massive football player, gave him a Coke and then the man, who never smiled, smiled back!
The Twelve Days of Kindness challenge today is simple. SMILE at someone!
It may seem a little awkward or a little weird at first, but make eye contact with someone you meet and SMILE. You can say “Good Morning” or “Merry Christmas” or “Have a good day”! But just watch people’s reaction change into a SMILE.
And if you do this all day…………you won’t be able to wipe the SMILE off your face!
Have a great sunshiney day!
Today is Tasty Tuesday!! So for Day 3 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness challenge, I encourage you to make or purchase a treat for someone that needs a little encouragement.
Buy coffee for a friend.
Make cookies and take to your neighbor.
Make fudge and deliver to the local firehouse or police department.
Pick up some donuts for coworkers.
Make some peppermint hot chocolate for someone special.
When you are feeling down or stressed, take the focus off yourself and show a little kindness to someone else. Trust me……..it will warm your heart!! Just like the peppermint hot chocolate!!
Merry Twelve Days of Kindness!!
Sometimes I think in life we are kinder to the strangers we come in contact with than we are to our own family. Our family sees the real us! They see the good, the bad and sometimes even the UGLY!
Jesus was kind to everyone He met. He did not discriminate between the rich and the poor; the sick and the healthy; the righteous and the sinful.
Challenge #2 – be kind to a family member today. Do something extra special for them.
Make your husband’s favorite cookies.
Do the dishes for your wife.
Pick up the kids’ toys for them instead of making them do it.
Give your mom flowers.
Make dinner for your dad.
Do a chore for your brother or sister.
Write a thank you note to your parents.
Babysit your niece or nephew and let your sister or brother have a little time to themselves.
Visit grandparents and just sit and talk.
Think of something you would like someone to do for you……….then do it for a family member.
Let the KINDNESS spread and continue every day……………………….