We’ve never done chocolate advent calendars here, and our elf on the shelf experience was an absolute nightmare. Seriously, it was so bad that she got sold on eBay last week. This year we’re giving something completely different a go, and the children will have kindness challenges to complete each day.
I’ve already decided that my word for 2017 is going to be kindness. For a multitude of reasons, but ultimately because we need more of it in the world, and especially so in my little family.
It will be great for the kids to consciously think about doing nice things for other people. I’m hoping that all the extra kindness will lead to gratitude, happiness and a jollier family in general going into the new year. We’ve wasted far too much time of late being stressed out, and life’s too short to be living like this.
Our kindness challenge list
1st: I’ve signed us up for the Met Police Christmas Tree Project, which means buying a gift for a local child who might not receive one otherwise. We have been assigned two girls aged 12 and 16, and a boy aged 14. Our first challenge will be sourcing their presents, which need to be wrapped and taken to our local police station by the 9th.
2nd: Make cards for faraway friends, and take to the post office.
3rd: Be super quiet first thing, to make sure Daddy gets some extra sleep.
4th: Be super quiet first thing, to make sure Mummy gets some extra sleep.
5th: Make salt dough tree decorations, and extras for friends we are seeing before Xmas for their trees.
6th: Make a nice card and some drawings to send to Nana in her care home.
7th: Have a clear out and donate all the stuff that doesn’t get worn or played with anymore.
8th: Sit for ten minutes in a circle, and tell each other the things we are grateful for.
9th: Make cards and wrapping paper for gifts for friends that we’re seeing for lunch on Saturday.
10th: Be super quiet first thing, to make sure Daddy gets some extra sleep.
11th: Be super quiet first thing, to make sure Mummy gets some extra sleep.
12th: Help mummy put the photos she’s had printed into albums.
13th: Think of three reasons why we love each member of the family.
14th: Freddy gets to choose a Xmas movie to watch, without any fuss from his sisters.
15th: Clara gets to choose a Xmas movie to watch.
16th: Polly gets to choose a Xmas movie to watch.
17th: Be super quiet first thing, to make sure Mummy gets some extra sleep.
18th: Be super quiet first thing, to make sure Daddy gets some extra sleep.
19th: Write a story or draw a picture of a happy memory from the year, and give it to another member of the family.
20th: Make cards and gifts for Clara’s teachers at school.
21st: Make a video to send to Grandad George.
22nd: Make gingerbread cookies for our neighbours.
23rd: Wrap gifts for the family to give to them on Boxing Day.
24th: Go through the 2016 memory jar, and relive our happiest experiences from the year.