Originally, back in 2011 I read this post on Facebook and heard about the Pay It Forward movement. I just loved that this movement focused on the spirit of giving. I jumped right in and planned out my 12 gifts of Christmas! I am sharing this with you early in the hopes that each of you can incorporate this into your holiday giving too. The 12 Gifts of Christmas was originally planned for December 13th -24th but can be done at anytime throughout the holiday season. I should also add that you can also tailor the gift or action to suit your lifestyle and needs in your community best. The list below is just a suggestion based on the original post.
And the best part, not only did I reap the rewards of doing something good, but the beneficiary felt good too and hopefully these small acts of kindness created a ripple effect each day! As Scott Adam's once said, "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end."
Have fun paying it forward and creating your ripple!
THE 12 GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS:
DAY 12: (DECEMBER 13)-- Buy food for a homeless person (or someone in need). This does not have to be expensive. $5 should cover lunch.
DAY 11: (DECEMBER 14)-- Write a kind, hand-written letter to someone that changed your life for the better. And no, I'm not talking about an email or a text...I'm talking about snail mail people. ;) (This can be to a childhood friend, a teacher from the past, or even an old baby-sitter that impacted your life for the better.)
DAY 10: (DECEMBER 15)-- Pay for the person's order in line behind you in either the coffee drive-thru, fast food, a tollbooth, train ticket, etc. (There are a LOT of options here...)
DAY 9: (DECEMBER 16)-- Put grocery carts away in a random parking lot for other shoppers or find carts that others have left behind. It will help the employees out by bringing them indoors where they belong.
DAY 8: (DECEMBER 17)-- Write a letter of thanks to the armed forces. (Yes, even if you don't support the war. Remember that these people are risking their lives daily in order to ensure our safety and Freedom).
Here is the address:
A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861
DAY 7: (DECEMBER 18)-- Buy or bake something for a neighbor. You may know them well, you may have never even introduced yourself. So here's your chance;)
DAY 6: (DECEMBER 19)-- Buy a $5 or $10 gift card for a grocery store, gas station, coffee place, etc. Leave the gift card on a random park bench or windshield of someone's car.
DAY 5: (DECEMBER 20)-- Do something kind for the elderly. This can be anything from helping them to their car with heavy groceries, holding the door open for them, volunteering at a retirement home, or even raking their leaves.
DAY 4: (DECEMBER 21)-- Tape quarters to a vending machine. So simple, yet so convenient! I honestly cannot count how many times I have wanted a snack or a soda, but could not dig up that last quarter to satisfy my craving.
DAY 3: (DECEMBER 22)-- Leave a generous tip for a server, barista, or bartender--along with a nice note. This will most likely make their night. Having been in all three of these positions, I know how easy it is to get discouraged when guests are difficult and do not tip. This could turn their entire day around!
DAY 2: (DECEMBER 23)-- Purchase a gift card at a local grocery store (of any amount). Turn around in line, and hand it to the first person you see. Then walk away. No explanation is needed. I'm sure their expression will say it all.
Day 1: (DECEMBER 24)-- YOUR turn to choose a random act of kindness. I thought it would be fun to see the different ideas everybody comes up with for this last day before Christmas. Be creative. The sky is the limit.
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Katie Hall, is owner & founder of WynnRuby.com, an online children's boutique based in Austin, TX.