When reading another blog, I was inspired to add Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK) to my family’s Advent activities. (See end of this post below for the inspirational link.)

The Idea:
An Advent Calendar with random acts of kindness activities to do each day.

My Adaptation:
Because my family will not be able to do something every day (that would be awesome if we could, but not doable for us) I have changed this up a bit. We will put all our ideas on slips of paper and place them in a small stocking. Then starting on the first Sunday of Advent and each Sunday till Christmas, we will draw one or two ideas out of the stocking and do them that week.

Some Activities:

  • Buy coffee for stranger or two at local coffee shop (Tim Hortons, Starbucks, etc).
  • Leave basket of Christmas gifts on doorstep of a family that needs it.
  • Take back shopping carts and hold open doors for rushed and weary shoppers.
  • Donate a toy or two to a local charity (Toys for Tots, Toy Mountain, etc).
  • Volunteer to ring the bell (take a shift) for the Salvation Army Kettles.

I’ll be asking my kids what ideas they have as well. Do you have any ideas? Would love to here them. Please share – thanks.

This post which inspired me! She was inspired by this post. Amazing ideas!!

 
 

I choose to call my family’s Christmas movie collection “flicks” rather than movies because some aren’t really movies; they’re TV Specials on DVD (even some on VHS), but we put them in our movie collection.

We have so many flicks that my hubby says that if we watch one a day, we will have to start watching in October and still wouldn’t have seen them all by Christmas. (I think he exaggerates a bit.)

As part of our Advent celebrations we watch a flick a night (when possible, sometimes 2 if they are short ones). We don’t always have popcorn or chips because that would just be too much every night. Sometimes though we eat dinner in front of the TV as a treat.

As a family, we have some MUST-see favourites – Elf, Santa Claus series, Ernest Saves Christmas, and Christmas Vacation. Hubby likes to watch Die Hard and I have to see The Ref and Miracle on 34th Street.

If you don’t own the flicks you can always see what’s playing on TV and plan a few nights (with popcorn, etc) and make it a special event – it’s all part of the anticipation of Christmas.

 
 

I think Pinterest is becoming my place for Holiday Recipes. (lol)

This is perfect for those on Santa’s “naughty list”. I just might want to be on the naughty list to get me some of this. ;-)

 

How to Make:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10.5 ounce bag mini marshmallows
  • 1/8 tsp. black icing color (not icing)
  • 4 cups rice cereal

In a large pot melt butter and add marshmallows. Stir until melted, add black color and mix in well. Add rice cereal and stir until blended. Drop by small spoonfuls onto parchment or wax paper. Be sure they are in odd, lumpy shapes. Cool. Place in a small cellophane bag and tie with ribbon.

You could add a poem about being on Santa’s naughty list, like this one:

    “I heard you’ve been naughty not nice,
    Santa even checked his list twice.
    So all you’re getting from the North Pole
    Is this old, lumpy bag of coal.”

Happy Baking!

 
 

As mentioned last week, I’ll be searching “Christmas” in various search engines and recording the results (2nd, 50th, and 100th place, #1 is always Wikipedia Christmas, which I previously posted about, here).

Here’s the results with Ask.com:

2. Christmas.com

50. A British Christmas

100. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in many Languages

If you do your own search, please feel free to share them with us. Depending on where you live, you may come up with different results.

Please NOTE: Before checking out these sites I recommend that you have your pop-up blocker turned on and your virus scanner up-to-date, just in case. I don’t endorse these sites, these are just what I found using search engines.

 

 
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