The true story of Saint Nicholas inspires Random Acts of Kindness in my home. I decided this month to make Christmas RAK Cards.
Sure. Christmas is all about KINDNESS and giving. Who needs RAK Cards?
But doesn’t it feel a tad bit orchestrated with everyone’s Christmas Wish Lists? Not much is done in secret with all those pretty gift tags. Don’t we want the gift wrapped in snazzy paper screaming it came from us? Where is the secrecy?
Then there is the present list – of everything we’re getting each family member. All people we know so well. It’s not too random. Isn’t it fun to give spontaneously? Nothing is wrong with sending Grandma another sweater, I’m sure she will love it. But what about the grandma across the street who isn’t expecting anything … from anyone? Or the mom who feels … invisible?
I’m challenging my boys to cut out a few RAK cards and see how they can do something totally spontaneous, random, and be generous to a complete stranger. I think that’s the true Christmas Spirit!
You can print a few Christmas RAK Cards by clicking on the image above or here. If you want to make them fancy you can glue them to green card stock. If you’re going to add something to them (candy cane, gift card, etc.) I highly suggest doing something more than just the flimsy printer paper.
Christmas RAK Card Ideas:
* Pay for the meal / coffee behind you.
* Return a neighbor’s trash can.
* Leave some (unopened) breath mints in random places.
* Pay a parking meter.
* Help someone out of the grocery store.
* Attach candy canes and leave on car windshields.
* Drop off donuts at the dr. office, police station, fire station, etc.
* Leave a $5 gift card.
* Bake bread and drop it off at a friend’s house. Don’t post it on Facebook!
The ideas are endless. And during a season when the focus has shifted to what am I getting … it’s nice to do something for someone else, without ever getting the recognition for it. Encourage your children to try it.