Celebrating with the 12 days of Christmas Acts of Kindness is a fun family tradition you can use to keep the holiday spirit alive after Christmas Day. Random acts of kindness are my family’s favorite way to celebrate the season. After all the feasts and gift exchanges, it’s the perfect reminder that the season is truly about giving and receiving joy.
12 Days of Christmas Acts of Kindness
I’ve put together an absolutely adorable Santa themed 12 days of Christmas acts of kindness printable you can use with your kids this year. It’s a really cute way to encourage kindness for Christmas with kindness activities you’ll all enjoy this season.
Keep reading for more fun random acts of kindness and cute ways to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with your family.
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What are the 12 Days of Christmas?
Traditionally, the 12 days of Christmas marks the days between Christmas Day, December 25, and Epiphany on January 6. Epiphany is a Christian celebration that marks the arrival of the 3 kings bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to baby Jesus.
Whatever your traditions, you can use this period from Christmas Day until shortly after the start of the New Year to begin a fun tradition with your family.
In years past, many families used these 12 days to continue holiday season celebrations and visit with family and friends. Rather than celebrating before Christmas Day, many parties and gift exchanges would be saved for the 12 days of Christmas.
Enjoying activities and celebrations for these 12 days is a great way to take time with your family after all the holiday hustle and bustle.
If you’ve already exchanged your gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you can spend these 12 days focusing on giving to others in a special way. Random acts of kindness and kindness activities are a fun way to help your family focus on giving to others and spreading joy this year.
You can also use this for a 12 days kindness advent calendar to use to share the joy of Christmas.
Kindness for Christmas
Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas
Random acts of kindness are the perfect way to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas! Since this is the period of the year that marks the time between the birth of Jesus and the gifts of the 3 kings, it’s the perfect time to give gifts to others.
I bet you can think of some fun ideas for giving gifts to friends, family, and the people in your community.
Kindness activities help kids focus on the reason for the season while learning important lessons about compassion, empathy, service, and community. You can help your kids learn to show kindness and compassion to others by starting a tradition of kindness for Christmas.
Acts of kindness ideas include starting a family kindness challenge, volunteering at a local shelter or food pantry, choosing just one random act of kindness each day, and more. There are so many ways to celebrate the season with kindness!
I’ve put together an adorable printable to help you practice kindness for Christmas too. Keep reading to see my favorite random acts of kindness for the 12 days of Christmas.
Kindness for Christmas Printable
This adorable 12 days of Christmas acts of kindness printable is sure to make your children smile this year! As you go about completing random acts of kindness, you’ll trim Santa’s beard. After all, he is going to need a shorter beard for his after Christmas vacation in Hawaii.
To get the job done, you can practice Christmas kindness with some of my favorite ideas for random acts of kindness! You can give one Christmas kindness Santa printable to each child. Challenge your kids to see who can “trim Santa’s beard” the fastest.
Alternatively, print just one Santa beard of Christmas kindness for the whole family and work together to make memories, learn about cooperation, and encourage kindness throughout the 12 days of Christmas. It’s a new acts of kindness tradition that’s perfect for celebrating the season with your whole family.
My Favorite 12 Days of Christmas Acts of Kindness
There are random acts of kindness for each of the 12 days of Christmas on this cute printable, but there are definitely a few that are true favorites at our house.
Let me share some of my favorite 12 days of Christmas acts of kindness with you:
Hiding Dollar Bills
My kids have so much fun with this one! We go to our local dollar store with a few one dollar bills. Then, we hide them throughout the store to surprise other shoppers with a special gift.
My kids really enjoy hiding them among the toys on the toy aisle, especially with their favorite types of toys. I like to hide them in greeting cards and on the small canned goods aisle. You never know, those dollars might bring a smile to a child’s face or help someone get an extra meal. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun!
Take Treats to the Fire Station
This is my youngest’s favorite random act of kindness! We bake cookies or rice krispy treats and take them to the fire station or police station. Why is this his favorite?
Once, when the firefighters weren’t busy, they took out the ladder truck and let my kids push the buttons. Another time at the police station, they got to explore the back of a police car and turn on the siren. It was a lot of fun for them and a great way to show our appreciation for these community heroes.
Donate Pet Food & Treats
In our city, there’s a local cat shelter my children love to visit. During the 12 days of Christmas kindness, we take treats and food to the shelter for the cats. Animal shelters are almost always in need of donations so check with your local shelter to see what they could use.
My kids like to bring along a Christmas book or two and read to the kittens too. The volunteers at the shelter think it’s good to help socialize the cats and it’s a great way for my kids to get in extra reading time too.
More Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Christmas
Check out a few of my favorite advent acts of kindness printables and other acts of Christmas kindness posts for even more random acts of kindness you’ll love this year:
Acts of Kindness Ideas
Do you plan to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with your family this year? Are random acts of kindness a part of your Christmas traditions?
If so, grab this Christmas kindness printable it teaches kindness and makes others smile. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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