Wednesday, December 1, 2021

It started with Thankfulness and moves on to Kindness... December Kindness Advent Calendar

It is December y'all... 

November has us pause to show our Thankfulness... 

and it's a beautiful thing.  

December and the holidays can be hard on many... 

I'll share that I can struggle with depression and anxiety - I find myself diving into my Bible and Prayer even more during this season.

Today I posted, on Facebook, a photo of my mom (who'd passed) from 9 years ago with my kiddos... 

Last year we suddenly lost my Mother In Law the Friday before Christmas...

Thinking on the losses of our families.. my father, my grandparents... 

The challenging season of shortage in supplies, tight money, big dreams of my children for Christmas gifts, the news, media and insanity of our world.  

I just wanted to PAUSE.  Can we just hit the Pause Button? 

Kindness is FREE!

I'm also SUPER Selfish... 

I find that the more I do for others, the more I serve and love on others, that my own stress, sadness, anxiousness will just disappear. 

So today I created this and maybe, just maybe, you need it as well.

I thought I'd share, also, what else I'm doing... 

(Not bragging, I just thought you'd enjoy some ideas.)

Basket of snacks for my delivery people in a little basket (it isn't hard to know when packages should be arriving, just taking a moment to check!)

(I usually do this with cold waters and pop in a cooler during the hot months.)

Donating handmade cards to retirement homes, children's hospital wards locally and the veterans building.

Caroling with my kids and their friends/families who won't mind my joyful but bad singing.

Donating Paper Pumpkin all-inclusive kits to a local Children's hospital.

Creating 25 pretty little gifts I can put in a bag in my car and give out this month (cashiers at my stores to bankers to coffee baristas to anyone!).

I hope that this inspires you to spread kindness around.  
Most acts of kindness are free but priceless!

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