Spreading Holiday JOY with 25 Days of GIVING


Do you want to truly spread joy this holiday season?  Teach your kids what it means to be generous by participating in 25 Days of GIVING this December.

For the past 4 years my family has taken the first 25 day of December and made it all about giving instead of receiving.  When we started doing  this, my youngest was only two and half years old and my oldest was four.  We started out with really easy things and honestly I did most of the tasks (the girls just tagged along).

Do you want to truly spread joy this holiday season?  Teach your kids what it means to be generous by participating in 25 Days of GIVING this December.

Yesterday I got out our pocket calendar that we use throughout December and both girls got really excited. Throughout the years, I have seen my daughters grow into such generous and loving people.  I’m so proud of who they are, but I realize that a lot of that comes from SHOWING them how to do it.  We don’t just practice this once a year for 25 days anymore…we live it out regularly.

SO I want to challenge you this year.  Sometimes giving comes in the form of money and finances but most often it can be simple things that don’t cost anything at all!  Our time and kindness can make such a huge impact on the lives around us.

Feel free to print the below graphics and cut out the ones you would like to do with your family.  There are so many that are FREE and can make someone’s day (maybe even month)!  A lot of the activities can be used multiple times, so just spread them out over the 25 days.

{click on the images to download}

Do you want to truly spread joy this holiday season?  Teach your kids what it means to be generous by participating in 25 Days of GIVING this December.Do you want to truly spread joy this holiday season?  Teach your kids what it means to be generous by participating in 25 Days of GIVING this December.

Here are some websites that might be useful during your 25 Days of Giving:

  • World Vision International:   A global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
  • Soles 4 Souls: The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes.
  • Toys For Tots:  The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
  • Holiday Mail for Heros:  The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.  Operated through the American Red Cross.
  • Compassion International:  Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled adults.

I often think of the verse:

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” Luke 12:48

I take that verse to heart.  It is amazing how much joy I receive when I give and…KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS!!