Do you need a new Christmas tradition? One that doesn't involve Elf on the Shelf? Read how to start a new Christmas tradition that spreads kindness and joy.
This post was sponsored by T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Family traditions during the holidays. Isn't amazing how we can have some traditions that are so much like others we know, and at the same time have many that are our very own?
However, neither of these traditions really represent who we are as a family. Our family seeks to represent love and fun, and follow paths that enrich our lives.
So I started thinking. What type of new Christmas tradition could we start as a family that would represent us more accurately?
And I instantly though of something we talk about with our Girl Scout troop – doing a good turn. What that means is doing good deeds, with no expectation of recognition, for those around us. And doing them often.
What if, instead of scaring our kids with the Elf on the Shelf, we inspired them to be better? To do better? What if we challenged them to secretly do good deeds for those around them?
What if they realized that the more they do for others, the more others do for them? Because when they start doing good deeds, others around them follow suit.
Wouldn't the world be a better place if we all just did nice things for each other all of the time? I think this year is the perfect year to start a new Christmas tradition. One of giving to others in small ways, every day.
These good deeds don't need to be grand gestures. They can be simple acts that make others smile and let them know someone cares.
Here are some thought starters if you'd like to start this tradition with your family.
- Pick someone's laundry up off the floor and put it into the hamper
- Empty the dishwasher, even if it's not your turn (or chore)
- Give a gift for “no reason”
- Make someone a special treat
- Secretly pay a neighbor's utility bill
- Shovel an elderly neighbor's driveway after a big snow
- Invite the new kid at school over for a play date
- Buy the person behind you in line's coffee
- Donate unwanted toys or gift new ones
- Fold someone's laundry for them
- Do an extra chore without being asked
- Write a good review of a new business you discover
These are only a dozen ideas. I know you can come up with many more that are suited to your family's lifestyle.
My family truly is my greatest gift, and I want to show them that every day of the year. But I like to make a special point of it during the holidays.
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What new Christmas tradition will you start this year?
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