I’ve always been a big fan of celebrating the 12 days of Christmas in different ways. This year it seemed like a good idea to focus on kindness which is so needed in the 4 corners of the earth. As I wrote that, I had to smile. The 4 corners of the earth phrase is no doubt a hangover from the days when it was believed the earth was flat. I digress. Following are ideas for the 12 days. It is so easy, even in the smallest way, to do a kindness for others, animals, the environment. So I appeal to your generosity of spirit to expand the list below. As Emerson said, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
Dec. 13, day 1 – Pay someone a compliment. Be specific.
Dec. 14, day 2 – Smile. Sometimes a smile is the only bright thing in someone’s day.
Dec. 15, day 3 – Do an errand for a neighbor or friend who may be unable to get out.
Dec. 16, day 4 – Be kind to the environment and your bank account. Unplug devices over night and reduce energy use whereever possible.
Dec. 17, day 5 – Buy someone a coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
Dec. 18, day 6 – Leave a treat in your mail box for the mail carrier.
Dec. 19, day 7 Let’s not forget our fine feathered friends. Put out some suet and seeds for the birds.
Dec. 20, day 8 – Leave an extra tip with an appreciative note. Paying it forward never gets old.
Dec. 21, day 9 – Make a donation to a food bank, a toy drive or favorite charity.
Dec. 22, day 10 – Leave sticky notes with positive messages whereever you go.
Dec. 23, day 11 – Be kind to yourself. Taking the time for self-care helps us to maintain the reserves needed to take care of others .
Dec. 24, day 12 – Have a very Merry Christmas or a very Merry holiday of your faith and tradition.
Comments are welcomed.