With all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, sometimes you may find it difficult to remember that this holiday is about sharing peace and joy with others. A movement called Random Acts of Christmas Kindness addresses that issue, spreading the spirit of giving by helping others during the Christmas season.
A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people.
Also known as RACKing (get it? Random Acts of Christmas Kindness), this movement is growing as people enjoy the thrill of knowing they’re making a difference to others in ways great and small. Some people try to perform 25 daily acts of Christmas kindness in December while others let the spirit move them more randomly.
If you’re fortunate enough to be RACKed, then you can pay it forward and show someone else a Random Act of Kindness. Imagine this idea spreading through the world until everyone has shared and received a Random Act of Kindness. Then we could begin all over again!
This Today Show report shows people receiving some heart-warming RACKs:
Whether it’s putting extra coins in a parking meter before you drive away, leaving a dollar on a toy store shelf or shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk, small acts of kindness can make a world of difference to someone. Here are some sources for inspiration for Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, as well as ways you can let someone know anonymously that they’ve been RACKed.
Ideas for RACKing
Need ideas for acts you can perform to brighten the lives of others? Check out Pinterest boards that are bound to inspire you:
Random Acts of CHRISTmas Kindness by Cheryl Ratliff with ideas such as the Christmas Jar where you put in money throughout the year to spend on someone to bless them (anonymously) at Christmas.
Random Acts of Kindness Ideas by Sarah Serbinski that has ideas for RACKing and performing random acts of kindness throughout the year. Check out pins such as 20 Acts of Kindness for the Military, Making Chemo Care Packages, and 33 Inspiring Ways to Craft It Forward.
Head to the RACK the World Facebook page where 10 new ideas for spreading cheer have just been posted. See followers’ posts on how they are making the world a better place, one act at a time. You can also check out their website: RACK the World and their article: RACKING ON A BUDGET? TRY 44 FOR FREE!
Read Random Acts of Kindness, a Lesson in Service, by Karen DeBeus whose blog post is filled with ideas to help others during the Christmas season.
Check out 25 RANDOM ACTS OF CHRISTMAS KINDNESS. RACKS ON A BUDGET!, by Jessie whose blog post suggests inexpensive ways to RACK.
Charlie Brown Christmas Dance
What happens when a flash mob recreates the classic dance scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas? Watch and see! (Feel free to dance along with them)
You can avoid confusion by alerting people to your Random Acts of Christmas Kindness with printed labels and tags. Check out Give the Gift of Service by Brie with printable tags for your acts. She can also inspire you with ideas of simple and inexpensive acts to perform.
Let someone know they’ve been RACKed with these printable labels from the RACK! Random Acts of Christmas Kindness! Pinterest board by Parents with Style.
Although some might consider this a planned act of marketing, those passengers lucky enough to be on a certain WestJet flight recently definitely regarded the company’s generosity as an act of kindness. See how this airline made Christmas dreams come true for its passengers:
Have you ever performed a Random Act of Kindness? Have you ever received one? What ideas do you have for enriching others’ lives this holiday season? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Christmas star image by Lance McCord