I've had some questions about Ben & John's 24 days of good project. The idea was simple: for the first 24 days in Demember, do something nice for someone else, no matter how small the act.I wanted to capture the boys excitement about Christmas, and channel it for good. For just a couple of minuets a day, take the focus off of "me" and put it on someone else. I put together a little mini envelope book (we're keeping ours in the car & reading the days action on the way to school). You don't have to make a mini book...you don't have to do anything but be nice.
On each day, I have used one of Ali Edwards Advent Cards (but you could easily not use them or make your own). I used hers for ease. Each day I wrote an action down that is to be completed that day. The only rule is that when you do the action, you cannot boast about it or expect anything in return. You're doing it to be nice. And because sometimes it just the right thing to do.
Here are the actions we used. You can easily change them up. I planned ours out around when the boys would be at their dad's. When they are gone, they can easily 'make up' the missed actions when they are home.
1. Decorate their Christmas tree in their rooms using ornaments they've made/Grammy & Paw Paw gave them.
2. Go get hot chocolate after school and pay for the car behind them to get a drink.
3. Tell someone at school they are cool.
4. Take canned food to the food bank.
5. Make cookies for our neighbors.
6. Clean out their closets, and donate any jackets to the needy. Toys too.
7. Stand outside of United, and hand out a couple of giftcards. We will do two of them - $50 each. The boys will get to pick who gets the card.
8. Go pick an angel off the tree at Northwest & buy the items they are asking for.
9. Make Christmas cards for family.
10. Write a soldier and thank him/her for their service.
11. Help a family member with a chore that they don't normally like doing.
12. At dinner, pay for another family to eat. Again, we let the boys choose which family they would like to pay for. We have the waiter keep our identity secret.
13. Go to Barnes & Noble and pick out a Christmas book for home. Buy an extra copy of the book and donate it to the boy's class.
14. Donate a gift card to a restruarnt to the NICU at BSA. The boys will make the card to enclose (only words of encouragement, no names revealing us). We have the NICU nurses give it to a family who's baby is in the hospital on Christmas Eve.
15. Go to the Nursing Home and visit Meemaw. Take her a poinsettia.
16. Be a friend at school to someone who doesn't have a bunch of friends.
17. Leave a poinsettia on someone's doorstep. On the card, just wish them a Merry Christmas.
18. Write their teacher a thank you note.
19. A dinner, leave the waitress an extra tip.
20. Hold the door open for a stranger.
21. Thank the mailman. Leave him some goodies to find when he collects the mail.
22. Call a family member and tell them you are thankful for them & wish them a Merry Christmas.
23. With Alex's help, shovel snow from our neighbors driveway.
24. Go see Christmas lights as a family. Share favorite memories of past Christmas's.
These are just some ideas. We may alter/improve as the need arises. The idea is to just do something.