Want to play your part in the community but don’t have the budget for a reverse advent calendar? Or perhaps you want to be more hands on in your local area? The Reverse Calendar of Kindness is our variation on the more conventional donation-style reverse advent calendar, and it’s ideal for spreading joy during the Christmas countdown.
Rather than delivering physical gifts to a charity or trust, gift your time and care instead. There are so many little ways in which we can add a sprinkling of festive cheer to someone’s life.
Whilst of course we shouldn’t need a calendar to remind us to do these things, it does offer a good way to reflect upon how we contribute to the community in which we live.
The daily acts you include can be as simple or ambitious as you chose. Taking the time to say ‘hello’ and hold a door for a stranger can brighten someone’s day no end. So there’s no need to enlist for every local voluntary service going, unless you are really committed to showing up and getting involved.
We’ve put together a few of our favourite ideas for a Reverse Calendar of Kindness. Use it just as it is, or switch items out for others that are particularly important to you.
Other Ways to Spread Christmas Cheer
If a whole calendar of either donations or activities feels a little too much for you to take on right now, there are of course so many other ways you can bring the Spirit of Christmas into your local community this year.
Here are a few of our favourites:
- Drop a few chocolate advent calendars off at your local food bank in November, or selection boxes in December.
- Connect with someone in your local area who’s in need of a meal via Free My Meal, and cook for them.
- Organise a Christmas card drive for your local care homes, children’s homes or homeless shelter.
- Offer to do the supermarket shop for an elderly neighbour or busy Mum with young children.
- Donate a gift for a stranger through one of the many such campaigns, e.g. Operation Christmas Child or Dunelm’s Delivering Joy project.
- Organise a donations drive for a local Food Bank at your workplace or children’s school.
And, of course, do remember your own needs during these busy days in December. Maybe some time spent reflecting inwards would be beneficial to your health and well-being? An advent of self-contemplation and mindfulness may lead to a happier New Year, and more long-term opportunities to give back in your community.
For more details about donation-style reverse advent calendars, click here. If you’d like some inspiration for how to give back in your local community, why not read our stories of Acts of Christmas Kindness underway up and down the country – heartwarming, inspirational and full of Christmas Spirit!