Hey sweet Momma!
Are you excited about the Christmas season? I am! We LOVE Christmas!!! My kids are 3 and 1/2 and 19 months this Christmas so I’m planning for us to focus on giving back this Christmas since my oldest can understand the concept this year.
Also this year we have really tried to intentionally create family traditions that focus on Christ. (Read this article for 5 great Faith based Christmas family traditions to start this year) One way we are doing that is by focusing on sharing God’s love through serving others this year.
So, here is a list of 16 great ways to give back to others at Christmas and teach your kids to be selfless!
Make cookies for local firefighters on Christmas Eve. How sweet would it be to watch your kids give cookies to the brave men and women who will be away from their families on Christmas Day to keep our community safe!
Write thank you cards for local police department. Or if your kids are still little, you can color pictures and deliver them in envelopes.
Make a shoebox for Opperation Christmas Child. Run by Samaritan’s Purse, you can use an actual shoebox or one of their boxes, to pack a Christmas gift for children all around the world. Useful things such as hygiene products and school supplies are greatly appreciated as well as toys like soccer balls.
Collect change for the Salvation Army Bell Ringers. In a digital world change is harder to come by than it once was. BUT if you try hard, I bet you can collect some change and encourage your kids to give some each time you see a bell ringer. Keep the change in a cup in your car so when you do see them you have it handy!
Make treats for your Doctor’s office. Our pediatrician and his staff are so sweet. We just want to say thank you for taking such good care of us all year.
Make small gifts for Sunday School teachers. These sweet people often miss out on their own classes just teach our kids each week. I want to make sure they get a little Christmas gift from the kids as a thank you!
Give the childcare workers at the gym Starbucks gift card. These sweet girls watch my kids 3-4 times per week so I can loose the baby weight! I never have to worry that they are being taken care of and having lots of fun. If you have a special babysitter or childcare worker in your life, don’t forget that a little token of appreciation can go a LONG way.
Bake cookies for neighbors and deliver them. We did this at the beginning of the school year when I had several dozen cookies left over from a Bible study night. There were some people we hadn’t met before in our neighborhood and that gave us a chance to break the ice with them!
Color Christmas cards and sing for the elderly at nursing home. Our MOPs group did this at the beginning of Christmas season and it was so special! (You can read more about it here.)
Write a Christmas card and make a treat for pastor and his wife. This time of year can get very busy for ministers and taking a moment to write a sweet thank you card will really go a long way in encouraging them this year!
Make Chex Mix treats for husband’s co-workers. Chex Mix treats at the holidays. MMMMM. So good! Especially wrapped up in a cute mason jar with some bakers twine.
Print pictures of the kids for great-grandparents. The ONLY gift my grandparents ask for every year is printed pictures of the kids. They can pretty much buy whatever they need or want, but pictures of the kids are really special to them since pretty much everything we do is digital now. They also love colored pictures and anything with hand prints.
Make Christmas cards for parents of babies in NICU. This is a sweet idea for families who are spending the holiday with their newborns in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. When we were in NICU with our first there was a local church that made these sweet little dolls for the babies and it was so special to me during that emotional time in our life.
Donate old books to library. Our local library is a community library and leans heavily on donations. So, if you have some books you are done with, donate to the library!
Clean out baby toys and donate to Embrace Grace (or similar ministry). We have a ministry that meets at our church (part of a national organization) that gladly accepts used items for the moms who have unexpected pregnancies. Many of these moms are young, single, and very little if any family support. If you are done with the baby stage, consider giving to these new moms.
I’d LOVE to hear some more great ideas! Comment below with your favorite ways to give back to others at Christmas!
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