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25 Days of Kindness


A list of 25 simple acts of kindness you and your family can perform this holiday season. I have included a free PDF download of the list, and easy way to do your own kindness advent calendar.

I recently read a facebook post by one of my cousins discussing their family advent calendar. They decided that this year, instead of filling it with candy and treats, they were going to fill it with “daily acts of kindness” that they would perform in and around their town. Her four kids were totally onboard, and they even participated in the brainstorming.

I loved this idea so much, I decided to do one of my own (even though we don’t even have an advent calendar).  So I created this list of things my family and I can do to bring a little joy, kindness, and happiness to those around us this holiday season.  I have created a 25 days of kindness pdf of this list with little tags to cut out and use for your advent calendar or maybe you could drop them in a hat and draw one each day.  I left plenty of blank ones so you could add your own ideas to the list.


  1. Leave an awesome tip for your server next time you go out to eat

  2. Call your grandmother(s)

  3. Thank the crew at work (doorman, security guard, parking lot attendant, janitorial staff. All those people we tend to forget about that are busy working hard all around us)

  4. Rake the leaves from your neighbor’s sidewalk (or shovel the snow if you live a little more north)

  5. Bring in treats or cookies for your coworkers

  6. Leave a thank you card for your mail carrier (even if she is a bit grumpy and yells at you)

  7. Help a foster kid get something they really want or need

  8. Send Christmas cards to a nursing home, some people don’t get any…

  9. Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line (I will likely do it in a drive thru so it isn’t all awkward and stuff)

  10. Help someone carry their bags to the car or return the cart for someone

  11. Purchase a toy for Toys for Tots

  12. Tell a manager about the fantastic service you received or write a positive yelp review

  13. Make a payment on someone’s layaway

  14. leave a scarf and gloves at the bus stop

  15. Have a conversation with an elderly person that you don’t already know (elderly people have a high rate of depression and are often very lonely)

  16. Drop off some cookies or treats at a Hospitality House, Ronald McDonald House, or Woman’s shelter

  17. Compliment 5 people today, AND MEAN IT!

  18. Send a postcard to a sick kid

  19. Let that obviously frazzled parent cut in front of you in the checkout line

  20. Go out and feed the homeless or volunteer at a soup kitchen

  21. Drop off some pet food at a local animal shelter

  22. Be patient while standing in those shopping lines, and remember to thank the cashier and tell them “They are doing a great job”

  23. Leave a few $5 bills in random library books with a note that says “have a nice day”

  24.  Bring some coffee or cider to the ER staff or Fire Department on Christmas Eve

  25. Be present with your family today. Unplug and appreciate the moment.

I think the world could stand a little more kindness. Especially with all of the hate swirling around right now, and if all of us just make tiny little efforts every day, think how much better it could be in a week, a month…a year.


Do you have a few ideas of things I should add to my list? What is your favorite way to pay it forward and add a little more kindness to the world?

23 thoughts on “25 Days of Kindness

    1. It is awesome to see how excited the kids are about helping others. 🙂 So very sweet. I’m glad this post inspired you to spread a little more love in your part of the world.

  1. Dara – I love this idea! Although 25 acts of kindness sounds overwhelming to me, picking one thing to do a week during Advent sounds do-able! Thanks for reminding us to take the focus off of ourselves and to look at others. Visiting from #SITSblogging

    1. I think once a week is awesome, too. It is easy to get caught up in our daily lives (I mean they are kinda busy), and forget to look outside ourselves and our families. I am guilty of it all the time! I am just trying to make an effort to be a better human. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is such a beautiful and inspiring list for the holiday season. It’s wonderful that the emphasis is on kindness, especially during such a commercial time of year. Your suggestions are touching and caring and will really make a difference for the recipient. Just a terrific post.

    So glad to have found your site through the #TotallyTerrificTuesday (#TTT) weekly link party. All the best to you and yours for the holiday season and 2017, too.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment (see you are spreading the joy too!) I’m glad that you appreciate my post, and I hope it inspires you to spread more kindness in your part of the world 🙂

  3. Love these ideas! I love paying it forward and teaching my daughter to do the same. Yesterday her and I went out to eat for a mommy daughter date and we picked up the tab for the table beside us. I think we should all do these types of things daily. It is not only good for the person you bless, but it is great for your soul! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

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