One more week until Christmas!
Are you feeling stressed?
Do you have gifts to wrap, shopping to do, packages to take to the post office, cookies to bake, parties to attend … and then, you know, regular stuff … like keeping little people fed and bathed, working, cleaning, grocery shopping, taking care of pets …
Yeah. This is my favorite time of year – but if you’re like me, you’re probably feeling just a bit frazzled at the moment.
So this week’s service challenge is a simple one. I invite you to take a little bit of time to spread some kindness, AND to relax and enjoy the season.
(I know – kind of a mouthful!)
Here’s what I want you to do: walk or drive around your neighborhood. Drop by the homes that you admire. Say thank you.
Our family participated in this challenge this week. We have a family member on our Christmas list who loves to do nice things for other people. We wanted to do some kind of gift with meaning for her. So we talked about her and about how much she loves to do kind things for people, and we came up with this activity to do in her honor.
We assembled little treats (hot cocoa and candy canes) and added a note. Then we drove around our neighborhood and let the kids choose the homes with “the bestest” Christmas decorations. My husband kept the truck running, I dropped off the treat, rang the doorbell, and sprinted back to the truck. The kids had so much fun with the doorbell-ditching idea! And it was so much fun to take the evening to just enjoy the lovely decorations in our neighborhood.
So here are a few ideas for you this week:
* Simply knock on the door of a neighbor and give him or her a sincere compliment on the way that their home is decorated. It takes a fair amount of time and effort to decorate – you’ll probably make that person’s day by complimenting that effort!
* Print off a little tag (you are welcome to use my “Thank you for your decorations!” printable – it’s what I designed for my family) and leave a note in the mailbox of homes you admire.
* Come up with a small treat, attach a tag, and doorbell ditch!
* Make one certificate (and buy a prize, if you’d like). Spend some time admiring the decorations in your area. Then come back to your very favorite home and present a grand prize!
This challenge should be simple – you can do it in minutes, or you can take a few hours if you’d like. But I hope it gives you the opportunity to spread kindness and gratitude, to connect with your neighbors, and to slow down a bit and enjoy the season.
Merry Christmas, y’all!