As we head into the Advent season, I hope you will take advantage of my free printable: 25 Random Acts of Kindness for Christmas. This acts of kindness advent calendar is full of simple ways your children can spread the joy of Jesus to others this Christmas season.
Want more ideas that develop character over the holidays? Check out my Elf on the Shelf that made the nice list.
25 Random Acts of Kindness for Christmas
During the holiday season, it is easy for children to become very self-focused. Kids are making their Christmas wish lists, baking cookies, attending parties, and building gingerbread houses. These are all beautiful traditions that bring joy and a sense of togetherness.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the festivities, and so there needs to be an intentional effort to slow down and focus on the real reason for the season.
A simplified version of Jesus’ two greatest commands was to love God and love others.
How do we teach our kids to love and understand God more this Christmas season?
- Attend a Bible Believing Church
- Find a Living Nativity in Your Area
- Read through the Christmas Passages
- Do Some of these Christ-Centered Christmas Activities
- Consider Doing the Wandering Wisemen Rather than the Elf
- Listen to Christian Christmas Music
How do We Teach Kids to Love Others this Christmas Season?
God’s second command was to love others. The Bible makes it clear that it is by grace you have been saved, not by your own works. We love others not because it earns us anything. It should be an outpouring of the love we know and have received from God.
This 25 Random Acts of Kindness for Christmas advent calendar and coloring sheet, is meant to teach kids simple ways to think of others this season.
Some of these activities take but a moment. A simple word, smile, or helpful attitude is all that is required. Other activities might be a bit more involved – like delivering cookies, making ornaments for neighbors, or creating a homemade Christmas card.
How to Use this Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar and Coloring Sheet
I know how busy this time of year can feel. I wanted to provide a list of acts of kindness that don’t add much pressure to an already stressed calendar. Kids do not need to do every item on the calendar. If they set that goal, great! However, there is the option to pick and choose items on the calendar.
We set these coloring sheets out the day after Thanksgiving. Our family went away together with extended family, and the random acts of kindness coloring sheet was an option for them to do.
Talk with your children about the different items on the list. Make goals.
Kids can color the whole sheet at once. Alternatively, they can color one per day as they consider how to make a random act of kindness happen for the day. Another option is to only color the acts that they want to do this season.
However it is used, this coloring sheet is meant to be a catalyst for sharing the joy in their heart with others during Advent – these 25 days leading up to Christmas.
I have also provided a blank advent calendar in case you and your children want to come up with some of your own ideas. Simply write or draw a picture in the spaces provided.
Character Building Series with Meaningful Mama
This feels like a great time to introduce you to my character-building education series where we work on 52 traits throughout the year. 52 traits? Yes! That is one character-building trait for every single week of the year.
More good news! Each trait comes with over a week’s worth of lessons. You could work on character with your kids every single day of the year if you choose to follow along.
This character-building activity focuses on kindness. Click here for all of my lessons on kindness.