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random acts of christmas kindness :: advent 2010

I am so incredibly excited about our Advent activity this year!  And … given that I creatively “borrowed” our Advent activity last year … I think it’s only fitting I borrow from my “SHEro” again this year {get it? not HEro, but shero?}!!

And can I just insert here … that because I came out of stalking hiding, Katherine and I have gotten to know each other and are now friends!  She’s an amazing woman, mother, wife, photographer and overall creative genius!  Not to mention, a very giving and caring friend!  I feel blessed to call her friend …

Anyway … when she posted this, I immediately asked permission to borrow it.  It was just too wonderful not to!  And just as I suspected … our family has already been incredibly blessed because of it!

I didn’t have much time to pull it all together, so here’s my version of “RACK :: Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.”

And here’s how we do it … the night before … we pull the next days activity and talk about what we’re going to do.  I’ve included a scripture verse on each card as well, and we also talk about what the verse means to us.

As for activities … I borrowed some of Katherine’s, but we also came up with some of our own.  So far, one of my favorites was paying past due library fees for five people.  I’m also looking forward to our nursing home visit to hand out treats and drawings, read, and maybe sing.

One of the funnest parts of our activity is leaving a card letting the recipient know they’ve been “RACK’ed!”  Feel free to download a copy of the card here.

As I mentioned … it’s only been 5 days, but we’ve already been incredibly blessed.  The girls are excited about and loving our daily activities.  In a world so caught up with the “gimme’s” … I’m working double-time to teach my girls that scripture rings true … “it’s far better to give, than to receive!”

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31 Responses to “random acts of christmas kindness :: advent 2010”

  1. heather says:

    love, love, love, love, love this!!! can’t wait to hear more of the awesome things you guys are doing! perfect way to celebrate the season!

  2. cyndi says:

    LOVE!!!!!!! I’m with Heather – it’s the perfect thing to do to celebrate the season & I hope you share some of your other RACK ideas. You know me, I’m always looking for good ideas to share with Lee & the girls.

  3. *love* I am going to store away this idea for a) when my boys are a tad bit older and b) for when I am not still jet lagged from a trip half way around the world! :)

    This is a fantastic way to make kids excited about making the season not about themselves!!

  4. stef says:

    yeah – so I LOVE you and this idea! So wishing I was part of the family to have such a great mom’s influence in my life. ADORE YOU!

  5. Erin says:

    love! this idea!!!!

  6. Dawn says:

    What a really nice thing, I love this.

  7. YOU are so INCREDIBLE!!! I’m blushing and honored with your kind kind words. I’ve already told so many people about your library activity… I’m going add that one to when we take the library workers their “thank you” treats. THANKS for your beautiful friendship!! xoxoxoxoxo

  8. what a fabulous advent idea! :)

  9. jess says:

    would you consider sharing your 25 cards as well? for your adoring fans to use and share??

  10. Sara says:

    I love this. Look at you, all creative for Christmas! So inspiring. I hope you are doing so good. xx

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  13. kayla says:

    where can i get those neat little cards, or did you make them?

  14. […] print out each RACK on a slip of paper and randomly pick one each day to carry out. Another blog, TSJ Photography had downloadable cards to print out and give to people who are being RACKed so we will use those […]

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  16. […] than receive?  We think so.  Our friend, Angela Greer, sent this to us after she found it on a blog.  It is all about spreading 25 days of Christmas cheer.  It takes a little preparation, but the […]

  17. Just wanted you to know that I reposted this and linked back to you! Great idea. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. […] giving and 24 scripture verses for each day leading up to Christmas day.  She was inspired by this photographer who invented the idea of RACK.  Thankfully, without having to reinvent the wheel, I printed off […]

  21. […] us, not just the ones we love, but the ones that Christ came to love as well.  Head over to Tracie’s blog for the full […]

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  25. Ange says:

    I love this idea…thank you for sharing it with us. I posted it on Pinterest and FB. THANK YOU!!

  26. Heather Newell says:

    So fun! Love it! This would be great in an elementary school! Hmmm…Christmas is a few days away but I am sure I could use it in other creative ways! Thank you for posting! I look forward to reading how others have used it!

  27. David Arthur says:

    God is Good !!! ALL THE TIME !! What a wonderful idea. I think we will be joining you this year. May God continue to use you & work through you.

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  29. AJ says:

    I’ve been hopping around on your blog hoping to find a complete list (I saw the post where you posted some of them) of your activities, but can’t seem to find it. Could you point me in the right direction? I would love to do this, but I’m not that great at coming up with the ideas.

  30. Cheryl Mueller says:

    I have been looking for something special or different to do this year. This is an awesome way to show Christ’s love and what Christmas is all about. Thank you very much for sharing.

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