Today (Christmas Eve), we drove around town passing out goodies and gifts. We prayed that God would lead us to the right people and places; we prayed that the gifts will ultimately end in the hands of people who will be blessed by them and feel God’s love through them. We stopped by a couple of laundromats and left some change by the washing machines and dryers. We handed out some socks and Subway gift cards to the homeless. We stopped by the sheriff’s office to hand out our homemade peanut butter truffles (from Advent Day 20) to the 911 dispatchers. They actually took us to the room where the 911 emergency calls are handled, so that was very cool for the girls (and Mommy) to see. We hope that our children will learn through these experience that Christmas is made even more special when we take the time to spread joy to others.
Side note: our hope in sharing about these experiences is that others will see how it really doesn’t take much to spread joy, just one small act of kindness can go a long way…not just to the recipients but in the hearts of the givers/doers. We wanted to share some practical ideas of how we can involve our kids in spreading random acts of kindness.