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The Kindness Jar Print E-mail
Monday, 29 November 2010

So I read about this project a mom came up with for her kids – the “Good Deeds Jar” – where the kids worked at a list of good deeds to show Santa how great they are. You know I love a project that keeps my girls focused on the real meaning of Christmas, so I played around with the original idea and have come up with the Kindness Jar.

Yesterday, the girls decorated two jelly jars with Christmas stickers. In each jar there are twenty-four pieces of paper, each with a kind deed written on it. Starting on Wednesday, December 1, the girls will draw one good deed from their respective jar each day and work to accomplish it. When they’ve done their kind act, they get to put it in an empty shoe box that’s been gift-wrapped with a slot cut into the top of it, and a quote from scripture on it: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Since the girls are young, I’ve had to keep the kind acts fairly simple, so there are things like “Let your sister choose the video to watch” or “hold the door for someone” in there. I am hoping I’ve chosen actions easy enough not to be overwhelming while meaningful enough to be challenging and provide a sense of accomplishment upon completion.

By Christmas eve, Maddie and Cora will have put forty-eight pieces of paper in the box – and done forty-eight deliberate acts of kindness throughout the month. That night, I’ll have them put the box under the tree as their gift to Christ. It reminds me, of all things, of the Willy Wonka quote: “So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

Cheesy? Maybe. But this makes me happy, and I’m hoping it works for the girls too. They’ve been driven crazy by the jars, having been asked to decorate them without knowing what’s inside. Hopefully this practicing kindness all month will work its way into their daily habits, and on Christmas eve I’m guessing they’ll rightfully feel proud of what they’ve done as they put that gift under the tree.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

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That's 2 clever by h
Written by Lorrie on 2014-02-05 09:46:52 IP: 192.99.2.75
That's 2 clever by half and 2x2 clever 4 me. Thakns!


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