Tis the season to be giving back! If you know me, you’ll know that I love the Holidays season. It isn’t because of the presents, parties, or the amazing shopping sales, but it’s a holiday that brings people together, reminding us how blessed we really are.
I was never really warm on the idea of advent calendars as children tend to get inundated with Christmas gifts and spoils the true meaning of Christmas. To be quite honest, I’m not sure why these kids deserve a new toy or treat every single day leading up to Christmas.
This year, I decided to put a spin on advent calendars and make it 25 days of giving. I purchased this cute felt tree by Papyrus and challenged my children to go out of their way to carry on an act of kindness. I want them to understand the happiness in being kind and gift of giving. Every morning, we will work on the giving card and open up the discussions to why this is important.
I had a lot of fun with this project. The key was coming up with attainable and realistic tasks. Each task was timed with our holiday events throughout the month. For example, if we had plans to see friends, I ensure it incorporated the event. For days my daughter had school, I incorporated tasks she can do at school for her classmates.
Here were some ideas we used for our 25 days of giving:
- Donate to your local food bank
- Donate your toys to the toy drive
- Buy someone a cup of coffee (I purchased coffee gift cards for my kids to hand out)
- Make a card for your teacher
- Let someone ahead of you in line
- Make someone laugh
I left these Giving cards blanks so you can add your own ideas. It’s greatly appreciated if you provide credit to me should you use these templates for your party by tagging me on instagram at TheFancyFiasco AND using hashtag #thefancyfiasco. Redistribution for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. Kindly note, design is my own but vectors are from FreePik.