It’s nearly time to start the 12 Days of Christmas Kindness with the Kindness Elves again!
If you are new to this wonderfully meaningful family tradition then let me fill you in on the background and step-by-step details of how you can get involved too!
A few years back I designed a brand new Christmas (and now all year round) tradition for kids, families and schools to take part in. It focuses on some adorable little Kindness Elves who arrive in your home on December 13th and stay to do 12 Days of Christmas Kindness acts together!
“Let’s wrap an extra gift and donate it to the local toy drive charity!”
Each morning they are found somewhere in the house (or classroom) with an act of kindness note card suggesting something to do together that day.
For example, “let’s fill this box for the food bank and deliver it together” or “let’s make cookies and hand them out to the neighbours!”
The idea is to combine some typical Christmas family activities with acts of kindness to extend the children’s world view and help them to see the needs of those around them, while also having lots of fun and making memories!
“Let’s bake some cakes and give them to our neighbours!”
Children just LOVE to come and discover the Kindness Elves each morning and often they are set out next to some tools that will be needed for that day’s kindness act, such as a mixing bowl and spoon alongside some cookie making ingredients. This adds such a magical element that they just can’t wait to find them and get started!
12 Days of Christmas Kindness: 13th-24th December
Why do we suggest just using the Kindness Elves between 13th and 24th December for 12 Days of Kindness?
Well, we are a normal family just like yours and know that the busyness of the season sometimes adds up to too much extra pressure, and can quickly turn something that is supposed to be a fun tradition into an extra burden and non-enjoyable chore!
Trying to do one act of kindness activity for every single day of advent has proved to be just too much, so now we aways suggest condensing the tradition to a 12 Days of Kindness period, in the final two weeks before Christmas day.
“Let’s fill this box with groceries for the food bank!”
This makes it much more achievable and also means you can get some of the other Christmas preparations done before you get started!
It’s certainly saved my sanity for the past two years and means that my enthusiasm for Kindness Elves activities has stayed high 🙂
We hope that you will join us this December 13th for 12 Days of Christmas Kindness with the Kindness Elves!
You can now download our 12 Days of Christmas Kindness and Fun eBook which has all of the acts of kindness ideas, fun Christmas themed activities and printable cards all ready to go! It’s the perfect companion for the Kindness Elves at Christmas time! Buy it here now.
Share your own pictures and ideas on social media using #thekindnesselves . We can’t wait to see what you get up to together!
“Let’s take some art and craft materials to the children’s ward!”
You can buy your Kindness Elves, story book and accessories kit on our website here to get ready!
And you can see ALL of our previous Kindness Elves posts and ideas here.
As well as these 25 Ideas for Using the Kindness Elves to get your imaginations flowing!
If you love this then PLEASE do share the kindness with others and tell them all about our sweet tradition. Thank you 🙂