So the Lord gave me an idea. (I love it when the Lord gives me ideas because, when He gives them, they smoothly come together). He reminded me that, in the Bible, angels are always sent to give mankind a message. I thought, “That is it! Angels of Kindness will be sent from God to our house every Christmas season on December 1st, and they will stay in our house until December 25th to deliver Kindness Missions to our family.” I am making the "missions" age appropriate for the children. I found our "angels" at Target ($3 each), and I had to glue their wings on using construction paper. Our angels are named Gabriela and Sarephina. Each morning they will be in a new, fun place in the house for the children to find their next "Kindness Mission". The angels will be watching how kind the children act throughout the Christmas Season, encouraging them to be unselfish and thoughtful, and highlighting in their morning notes their kind acts from the day before. The one thing on which I am really focusing is making this a fun traditional and positive atmosphere. My goal the last few months has been to make our home negative-free. Sometimes, whether we mean for them to or not, negative attitudes of our society creep into our homes and attitudes. The Angels of Kindness are here to remind us that a kind word or deed can mean the world to others, and it can change their Christmas season for the better. As the children grow older, the Kindness Missions will grow more intense. Here are a few ideas so far for our Kindness Missions:
*Make a card for someone sad this year - someone who has lost a loved one this past year.
*Make cookies for a neighbor.
*Make something special for a family member (favorite snack, draw a picture)
*Clean up something for someone else.
*Speak a kind word to someone in the grocery store.
*Buy a gift for someone who is sick this Christmas.
*Write a Christmas card to a soldier with a special treat.
*Sing a Christmas Carol to someone in our neighborhood.
*Visit someone who is lonely this year and take them flowers.
*Take coloring books to the Children’s Hospital.
*Make food/supply baggies for the Homeless.
Whether you choose to do the Elf on the Shelf, the Kindness Elves, the Angels of Kindness, or some other little fun tradition, remember to always emphasize LOVE for others. “…the greatest of these is [LOVE]” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."