Random acts of kindness are amazing. Not only do they make someone else feel great, they are hugely influential in how we feel about ourselves. Being kind to each other is what Christmas is about for me. We gather with all our loved ones – friends and family – and share those moments of joy and warmth together.
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But Christmas is more than just one day. It’s the feeling of the entire season. Similar to the feeling of Hygge I talked about in my last post, the best way I’ve found to foster Christmas spirit is by enacting Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. These can be anything, big or small, that you do throughout the Christmas Season, simply to make someone smile. To make them feel noticed, appreciated or just dang happy!
Without further or do, here’s my list of 13 Random Acts of Kindness for 2019!
1. BECOME A COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS ELF
Is there anything better than receiving a hand written note? What about finding one randomly when you’re out and about. I love the idea that anyone and everyone might stumble across these little christmas notes of cheer, which hopefully brighten their day!
2. GIFT A FREE VEND
I’ve had this happen to me a couple of times where I’ve gone to buy a coffee, a treat or a drink and ooh! There’s already a quid in the machine! It’s definitely a simple, cheap random act of kindness sure to put a bounce in anyones step this Christmas!
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3. LET SOMEONE AHEAD OF YOU IN LINE
We all queue all the time. Unless you are desperately late for work or an important appointment, why not let someone ahead of you? Yes it will cost you *SHOCK HORROR* a couple of minutes. Hoever, they’ll be blown away by your random act of kindness and perhaps do something similar themselves!
4. CANDYBOMB A CARPARK
I LOVE this idea and have been wanting to do it for Years – literally my entire adult life! This year is THE YEAR, and I’m getting the kids involved. The knack is acting fast without seeming suspicious, and then trying to not hang around – even though you want to see their faces! Remember, random acts of kindness don’t need validating. As wonderful as it would be to see their reactions, you’ve done your bit and you’re sure to brighten someones day!
5. CHRISTMAS CARD A LIBRARY
I’ve started going to the library a lot recently, for resources, for the kids and for my own reading pleasure. So I thought why not leave a little bit of kindness behind for someone else to stumble across. What a neat extra surprise they’ll get when they open up that book they’ve been waiting to read!
6. GIFT STICKERS TO WAITING CHILDREN
Lines suck at the best of times, but especially for kids. The don’t always understand how to be patient or that we need to wait it our turn. If your kids are anything like mine, they get irritable and fidgety after a few minutes. So keep some stickers with you and hand them out to all the kids in line! The smiles on their faces are sure to make the wait feel much shorter. If you’ve got your kids with you, why not have them hand them out! (Note: I decided stickers were the best option here due to risk of food allergies if giving out sweets/cakes/chocolates. But do check with the parents first)
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7. PAY FOR THE PERSON BEHIND YOU
Next time you pay for your lunch, buy a coffee or get the bus, why not pay for the person behind you as well. It may only be a few quid to you, but you never know how much someone is struggling. Just let the chasier know what you’d like to do and I’m sure they’ll be just as touched as your random act of kindness receiver.
8. MAKE 5 CHRISTMAS CHEER PHONE CALLS
I love the idea of this. How often do we hear about elderly people especially, being stuck alone at christmas? Or most of the year with no company? Now, I can’t guarantee you’ll get a lonely old person or that the person on the end of the phone will even be cheery! But use a phonebook to randomly select 5 numbers and ring them to wish them a Happy Christmas!
9. GIFT GINGERBREAD TO YOUR POSTIE & BINMEN
Postmen/women & binmen/women do a thankless but necessary job. Without them important and heartfelt post wouldn’t get where it needs to be, and our streets would be lined with rubbish! So give back to them this Christmas with a simple, random act of kindness. If you can’t wait around for them to arrive, why not do as this lady did and leave a selection outside your front door! Just look at the Amazon Drivers reaction!
10. DONATE BOOKS TO YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL
I think it’s important at Christmas, especially, to teach kids that although they will be receiving new gifts, giving things we no longer use is kind & caring. We have hundreds of books in our house so this year, rather than giving them to a charity shop, we’ve decide to donate to local schools.
11. SAVE A MUMS SANITY WHILE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Save a mums Sanity this christmas. By popping a pound in one of those little ride ons you might just give her 5 minutes peace without more stress of finding change to entertain her little angels while christmas shopping.
12. BUY A COFFEE FOR A HOMELESS PERSON & GET TO KNOW THEM
In 2018 there were nearly 5000 rough sleepers in the UK (homeless.org.uk). Although we often stop to offer small change, something to eat or drink, how often do we then stop to get to know the person in front of us? In many cases they are just like us but fell into hard times which led to where they are. Show some humanity and kindness this christmas. Stop and have a chat.
Whatever you decide to do, remember its not about the gratitude or the reward, but just the knowing that you’ve brightened someones day slightly in some way. I did a lot of these with my kids and while they were desperate to see someone pick up our cards, I explained that we’d done what we needed to do and that was enough.
This is a great self care task as well because it helps us reconnect our emotional self with the world around us. Rather than being caught up in our own stresses (which is of course, completely normal) it allows us a break, a moment, to appreciate that the world is big and we can be impactful on it, even with the smallest act of kindness.
Have you or Are you planning on doing any of these? Perhaps you have your own Random Acts Of Kindness planned! Let me know in the comments!