15 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

It’s the season of giving. It’s the season of goodwill. It’s the season to remember Christ’s birth, and His love for all humankind. In this post, I am excited to share with you one of the most rewarding “activities” I have participated in over the last couple of years – Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.).

Christmas is a busy time and often a season that is hard on the budget, but I encourage you to share the Christmas spirit of love and joy by choosing even a couple R.A.K. If you have children, this would be a great activity in which to enlist their help. In doing these simple acts, we embody the true reason for the season. The very first Christmas was the greatest act of kindness ever performed. God sent His only Son to a sad, angry, and hateful world that we might be redeemed from our sin. During His life on earth, Jesus performed many acts of kindness when He healed the sick and fed the hungry crowds. Matthew 14:14 says, “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” This is just one of the many times His heart was moved with kindness.

While I strongly believe in developing a spirit of kindness throughout the entire year, Christmas is the perfect opportunity to start the habit. So here are 15 of my favourite R.A.K.:

  1. Leave a small gift in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
  2. Tape some money to a vending machine.
  3. Leave a “Thank You” note taped to the bathroom mirror for the janitor at work or school.
  4. Leave small amounts of money around a dollar store.
  5. Do a family member’s chore without telling them it was you.
  6. Tape some money to a parking meter.
  7. Give compliments to at least 5 people in one day.
  8. Leave a positive note in a library book.
  9. Leave a coffee shop gift card in a hospital waiting room.
  10. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  11. Give a larger tip to a waitress/waiter.
  12. Send flowers to someone unexpectedly.
  13. Buy coffee for all your co-workers.
  14. Tape money to the wash machine in a laundromat.
  15. Leave a note of encouragement somewhere in a friends house (and don’t sign your name).

I have prepared for you printable cards to include with your R.A.K. (or R.A.C.K. as they are typically called at Christmas). Just click on the image below to download the PDF file:

Be sure to share your favourite R.A.K. ideas in the comments.

Merry Christmas!

Joanna

Let’s Say Thanks

Thank You cards seem to be a thing of the past, but most people still enjoy receiving them. That is because we all like to feel appreciated. When we do send Thank You cards, we often send them for a specific gift or action. But I like the idea of sending random Thank You cards to people who have positively influenced my life – either in the past or the present.

I am going to challenge you to do that during this season of Thanksgiving. Whether you have already celebrated Thanksgiving or will celebrate in the next few months, the entire fall season is a time to reflect on all the things for which to be grateful.

Start by sitting down and making a list of people in your life whom you would like to thank. Here are a few ideas:

  • past teacher
  • aunt or uncle
  • friend
  • grandparent
  • parent
  • past coach
  • pastor
  • neighbour
  • coworker

Now, why not send out one Thank You card each week for the remainder of the season or send out one Thank You card each day next week.

At first it may seem a little awkward to randomly send someone a Thank You card, but I can assure you it will mean a lot to the recipient!

Happy Fall!

Joanna