12 Random Acts of
It was a simple idea last Dec 14th that turned into something bigger than I expected.
For each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas – the 14th to the 25th of December – I tried to do something kind for someone who didn’t expect it. And I realised that Christmas is a great excuse! Give something away to a stranger any other time of the year and you might get confused looks and even some pushback. But at Christmas, well…it’s Christmas! Everyone’s just a little more willing to receive something that comes without a price tag.
So what did that look like?
It looked like little things, mostly. Simple things. Things that just required being more aware than normal of the community around me.
I took chocolates and a thank you card down to the local police station. Baked brownies for some local volunteers. Bought a few coffees for the people behind me in lines. Handed out vouchers in grocery stores and book stores (two very important kinds of nourishment!)
And the response was…beautiful. Both from those receiving the little random acts, and from those hearing about or seeing it. I heard about people from all over joining in. In fact, the day after it ended, I got a call – someone had heard about what I was doing and wanted to do a radio interview with me. An interview! For buying some coffees and baking some brownies!
And that’s when I realised…everyone wants to live in a world where community matters and kindness comes from unexpected places. Something about it resonates deep inside. We know it’s the kind of world we’re meant to live in.
I realised that Random Acts of Christmas was definitely worth repeating. And that next time – this time! – it should intentionally be bigger than just me.
So here’s my invitation to you…let’s do Random Acts of Christmas 2014 together! Let’s all of us spend 12 days making our communities just a little bit kinder, a little bit more connected, a little bit more about the heart of Christmas!
It doesn’t have to be big.
It doesn’t have to be expensive.
In fact, Indulge Magazine had a little write up in their most recent issue on last year’s Random Acts of Christmas, and they had some brilliant suggestions for low- or no- cost ideas that I can’t wait to try out this year!
So! You’ve got 2 weeks to ponder and plan, if that’s your style, or you can do what I did last year and let the ideas happen as you go along!
But on December 14th, Random Acts of Christmas 2014 goes live!
I hope you’ll be a part of it!
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