Secret Santa Advent Calendar.

Can you think of a better way to feel the Spirit of Christmas than by doing acts of kindness? It is all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and miss those little opportunities to serve our fellowman. Because of this, our family is doing a Secret Santa Advent Calendar. From today until Christmas Eve the children will take turns choosing a Santa bag from the wall. Inside each bag is a piece of paper that tells us what secret Santa activity we will do that day.

Secret Santa Activities:
-give someone a poinsettia
-pay for someone's meal
-send a Christmas card to someone who might be lonely
-leave a crate full of clementines on someone's doorstep
-deliver "It's A Wonderful Life" + popcorn to someone
-bake + deliver Christmas cookies
-leave hot chocolate on someone's doorstep
-cut paper snowflakes and secretly decorate someone's door
-make a pretty ornament and deliver to a neighbor
-write a looong list of all the good things about someone you know and leave it on their doorstep
-take a candy cane with you and secretly give it to someone who looks like they are having a bad day
-deliver mistletoe

My hope is that these tiny acts of Secret Santa kindness will brighten the days of the people we choose to surprise. I'm also hoping our children will have those warm fuzzy feelings you can only get when you serve as our Savior would.

Here are some advent calendars from years past:
Easiest Advent Calendar
Stocking Advent Calendar
Simple Advent Calendar

And here's a list of advent calendar activities.

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  1. This is such a cute idea. I'm filing this away for when I have of a house full of kids :)

  2. I LOVE this idea! You have so many simple, kid friendly project. I have been trying to come up with some ways that my young kids could do service for others this Christmas season, and this sounds easy enough to plan and implement. Thank you!

  3. I really appreciate that this focuses the kids on giving instead of receiving. What a great idea!

  4. This concept is AWESOME! I love all your ideas too.

  5. What a wonderful way to keep the true meaning of Christmas in the back of your children's minds. Such a fun way to get out of the house and pass along the holiday spirit too. Thanks, Danyelle!
    --Kristin in VA

  6. I am absolutely charmed by this idea! What a fun way to spread some Christmas cheer.

  7. Great idea, as always. I've done a couple doorbell ditches this season and it makes me want to do 100 more.

  8. I think this is the greatest advent calendar! So sweet and your kids will remember it more than getting pieces of candy each day. I think I'll need to start doing this next year when it's my baby's first Christmas! xo

  9. Cute idea and not hard to try. Thank you for sharing~
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