Random acts of Christmas kindness are a great way to spread holiday cheer while reminding yourself that the season is a time of giving! By celebrating Christmas with random acts of kindness, we can brighten the lives of those around us while keeping the real meaning behind this busy time of year in our hearts.
We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle. With gifts to buy and wrap, cards to write and send, menus to plan, food to prepare, and so on, the Christmas season can quickly become just another source of stress if we’re not careful!
Doing something kind for someone else has a way of lifting your spirits and spreading positivity, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot or take a lot of time. If you’re looking for ideas for Christmas acts of kindness, you’ve come to the right place — you’ll find plenty of Christmas kindness ideas throughout this post, as well as a printable list of random acts of kindness ideas!
My Experience With Random Acts Of Christmas Kindness
A few years back, I had spent most of December in a pretty “grinch-y” mood up until about a week before Christmas. I was at the grocery store when I was stopped by a woman who I had given some cash to while I was out doing some kind acts of my own the previous Christmas. She happened to spy me in the store and made a point of tracking me down to tell me a story.
She told me that on Christmas Eve the previous year — the very day I felt compelled to give her some cash — she had just taken custody of her 3-year-old grandson. Her 27-year-old daughter had recently passed away from cancer, and the boy’s father wasn’t able to care for him any longer. Heartbroken and feeling guilty about not having much money to buy Christmas gifts for her grandson, she was out shopping for groceries when I approached her with my offering.
After thanking her for stopping me and sharing that story, I left the grocery store feeling lighter and incredibly humbled. It reminded me what Christmas is truly about, and that giving of ourselves is one of the easiest and best ways to celebrate the season.
While doing Random Acts of Kindness at Christmastime takes some planning, courage, and even a little faith, ROAK’s can be among the most rewarding and memorable aspects of the holidays. If you’d like to make them a part of your Christmas activities this year, use the ideas below for inspiration!
12 Days Of Christmas Kindness (Free Printable)
While this list is called “12 Days Of Christmas Kindness,” you don’t necessarily need to do all 12 things from start to finish during the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Feel free to pick a couple of options from the list to complete before the end of the holidays, or use any method or approach or that works for you.
- Make care kits for unhoused people in your neighborhood. Include socks, gloves, water bottles, personal hygiene, and snacks.
- Leave a good review of a restaurant or local business that you love.
- Take flowers to the nurse’s station at your local hospital — the nurses will know who needs them most.
- Buy extra groceries for the local food bank.
- Sing Christmas carols, play board games, or just visit with senior citizens at a nursing home.
- Purchase some extra dog or cat food and drop it off at an animal shelter.
- Bring coffee to construction workers, police, crossing guards, or anyone working outside.
- Volunteer an afternoon at a soup kitchen.
- Bring the neighbor’s garbage can and recycling bins back in after trash day.
- Pay for the order of the car behind you in the drive-through.
- Leave water bottles and snacks out for mail/delivery people.
- Double the dinner you are preparing and deliver it to someone who could use it.
The main objective of this acts of Christmas kindness printable is to inspire and motivate you to get out there and spread some Christmas kindness! Just download the printable using the button below, print it out, and start adding some kindness to others’ holiday season — and your own!
“12 Days Of Christmas Kindness” Printable
Use this list as inspiration to do something kind for others that brightens their holiday season!
Acts Of Christmas Kindness For Kids
You don’t have to stop with the the twelve days of Christmas ideas in the printable. If you have kids or grandkids, pick a few of these kindness ideas for kids to complete while counting down to Christmas. Seeing your little ones show kindness to others and experience the joy of giving will be a powerful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas — for everyone involved!
- Have them pick out stuffed animals to donate to a toy drive.
- Let them hide some dollar bills around the dollar store.
- Help them write a thank you note to a teacher or classmate.
- Bring them with you to a retirement home or assisted living facility — seniors and children both benefit from spending time with one another!
- Let them come up with a simple act of kindness they can perform, then help them see it through.
- Help them “candy cane bomb” a parking lot by putting candy canes under the cars’ wiper blades.
- Provide craft supplies so they can make Christmas cards for friends and neighbors.
- Let them help you pick out food items to donate to a nearby food bank.
- Give them a bunch of quarters to leave in vending machines.
- Have them use paint pens to write positive messages on rocks, then leave them on hiking trails, in the park, or around the neighborhood.
- Share the wonders of Ding Dong Ditch by putting together a package of small gifts and homemade treats and letting them put it on a neighbor’s doorstep, ring the bell, and run!
- Let them help decorate Christmas cookies for cookie packages, then give them away.
I hope these lists of ideas inspire you to spread kindness each day throughout the holidays. Whether you start a family Christmas kindness tradition, put together an acts of Christmas kindness advent calendar, or simply look for opportunities carry out daily acts of kindness, your small acts are sure to have a big impact.
Have you tried doing Christmas acts of kindness?