December is here.
I can hardly believe it.
So this season I’m trying a little something different.
Rather than focus on the receiving part of the season, this year, I’m really trying to focus on the giving component.
The being a good person component.
The remembering the holiday spirit component.
And I’m starting with an Advent Season challenge for my family: to try to incorporate the true holiday spirit into our every day of December.
Here’s the skinny. . .
True Holiday Spirit Notes for Kids–Remembering the Meaning of the Season:
All month long.
We’ll open our Advent Activity Calendar in the morning like we have for the past few years, but at lunchtime, the kids will have a challenge.
A simple but meaningful challenge.
Twenty-five days of incorporating the true holiday spirit into our every day. I’m excited about it and think the kids are, too.
Though Owen is home sick with me today, I introduced the ‘challenge’ to Maddy, Owen, and Cora today at breakfast.
I said, Okay, so you know that for the last few years we’ve done our Advent Activity Calendars–the one on the tree and our cool k-cup advent calendar from last year, right?
This year, we’re doing something a little different. We’re going to continue to do our Advent Activities like we have in the past. That way we remember to fit in all of the fun things we love to do each holiday season.
But we’re all going to try a new type of holiday Advent Activity too. A challenge. Just something super small that will help us remember the true meaning of the busy holiday season.
We’ll talk about what we do each evening, but the cool thing about it is that it’s kind of a secret. Like today’s is ‘be extra nice to one person’.
You’ll be extra nice to one person, but you won’t make a huge, weird deal about it. You’ll decide on who to be nice to, and you’ll do it.
Maddy asked, Won’t some of our other friends feel left out if they’re not being treated extra nicely?
I said, No, not really. Because hopefully you’ll be nice to everyone–you’ll just be extra nice to someone else.
And then we’ll share our challenge answers at home each night. Does that make sense? Kind of a secret thing that we’ll share as a family.
The kids got it. And they dug it.
Here’s our True Holiday Spirit Challenge sheet: true holiday spirit challenge notes teachmama.com
I created the challenge to work as lunchbox notes because my kids love them and look forward to them. I wanted the notes to be small enough that they could read them inside their lunchbox, and I wanted there to be one note for each day of Advent, one for each day of the holiday season.
The notes are numbered–very lightly–from 1-25. And they include things like:
- be extra inclusive at recess;
- say ‘thank you’ to someone–and mean it;
- ask a quiet classmate how he or she is doing;
- hold the door for someone today;
- and more.
So we’ll see how it goes.
Want a few more holiday-inspired gift ideas or activities? Check out:
- Holiday Fun Fact and JOKES Lunchbox Notes (with Hannukah!)
- Holiday Time Fun Fact Lunchbox Notes
- Little Holiday Notes and Jokes
- Holiday Notes for Families
- The Polar Express tradition
- Scratch-off Cards
- K-Cup Advent Tree
- New Year’s Family Interview
- Happy Holidays Backyard Birds
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