Friday, December 1, 2017

25 Days of Kindness

Happy December!

This month is so magical to me: the close of the year, reminiscing on everything that's happened over the last twelve months, thinking about how to show the ones closest to me how much I love them, Holiday decorations that warm my heart, crisp air with the promise of snow flakes ... I can go on and on.
I absolutely love this time of year!

To be perfectly honest, I've meant to get this post done for about a month but #MomLife...

Every December the stores stock up on Advent calendars, and 25 Days of Christmas (insert activity here) is all the rage. This year, my oldest is three and just beginning to understand the holiday season, especially with everyone asking what she wants for Christmas this year. We've talked about making a Christmas list and talked about the spirit of Christmas, but my girl - just like her mama - learns by DOING. I grew up where community service was just part of my childhood. We were by no means wealthy, but doing something for the good of others can cost literally nothing while putting a smile on someone else's face. I loved it and that love for helping others has stuck with me to this day.

Today's kids are so wrapped up in the hot new "it toy" & the flashing lights and bright colors of the season, I see it with my daughter and she is only three!
So what's a mom to do?

This year, I'm implementing a new type of advent calendar.  A 25 Days of Kindness countdown. 25 days of giving back, in some way shape or form. It doesn't have to be extravagant, expensive, or completely time consuming. But I do want it to take enough time each day that my daughter remembers it and hopefully even looks forward to it. I've wanted to do this since 2014, the year she was born, and this year I'm diving in.

My dream is that she actually enjoys this, as I do. That she makes better choices the whole year because of this. That when she is older, she uses her time & resources to do something for others and one day hopes to instill that service upon her own children.
... although I suppose I should just focus on today and not worry about that too much just yet #SmellTheRoses

Each day I will post a random act of kindness that we are going to do that day, with the hashtag #SpreadCheer. I invite you to follow along here, and join in on this too!


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