Last Christmas I was determined that my family would spend at least part of Christmas Eve doing some sort of service so that we could remember the true meaning of Christmas beyond all the toys and presents and treats and lights. But I wanted it to be fun. Something they would enjoy doing and remember as a good experience. So I came up with some fun Christmas service ideas for us.
Turns out our 2 hours of service we spent doing that morning were an absolute blast and for me, the highlight of the holiday season. And my boys enjoyed it quite a bit too.
We called what we did a Christmas Service Scavenger Hunt. We broke into 2 teams and spent two hours racing around the town doing as much service as we possibly could do in those 2 hours with the idea that the team that did the most service won. (But really-we truly were all winners because it was amazing!)
Christmas Service Scavenger Hunt Ideas:
Here are a few of the ideas of things we did on our Christmas Service Scavenger hunt or things you could do, so you can host one of your own. (It would work great with any group-family, friends, church, etc.)
Here’s a card that we attached to some of the things we did to explain what we were doing. If you want to use it you can print if free here.
Go through a drive thru and pay for the person behind you. (When we did this the lady at the drive thru said someone earlier had done the same thing and then one car after another paid for the person behind them and it lasted for about 10 cars. So cool.)
Take a treat and a thank you card to the local fire station or police station
Leave quarters on vending machines
Leave dollars in the dollar spot at Target or at the dollar store with these printable cards attached
Take flowers, a wreath, poinsettia to a nursing home
Leave candy canes on people’s windshields while they are in the store shopping with these printable cards attached
Make lunches and hand them out to homeless people
Find a beggar on a corner and give him money
Serve a meal at a food bank
Buy presents for a family in need
Send money to someone in need
Donate food to the food bank
Put together kits for a local shelter
Show up at a friend’s house and help wrap presents, clean for guests or do other to do items
Shovel someone’s driveway
Pick up trash
Go Christmas Caroling at a nursing home, to a widow, or someone in need
Write letters to people who are lonely
Put together a package for service men and women
Write thank you notes to people who make a difference in your life
Take treats to a friend
Make a meal for someone in need
Ding dong ditch someone
Do you have other ideas? Let me know so I can add them to this list!
And, here are a couple of other really fun Christmas Service Ideas:
Christmas Countdown Service Chain: Here is one that we are doing for sure in my family this year. The idea is to write a small act of service you can do each day as you count down to Christmas. Get all the details at Craft Quickies:
12 Days of Christmas: This is something we used to do a lot but haven’t done for a few years. I first did it with a few of my friends when I was in high school. We picked 3 widows and each night for 12 nights we left a gift for them. It was the most memorable Christmas I have ever had. Other years my family has picked others who we think could use a holiday pick me up and we have done the same thing-12 days worth of presents doorbell ditched each night for 12 nights leading up to Christmas. Here is the poem I wrote in high school to go with this. (Remember that I was a high schooler when I wrote this. It’s a little hokey, but feel free to use this if you want. Just click the image to get it larger):
12 Days of Christmas Service (basically a list of great ideas to serve others):
There are a ton more ways to serve this season. It doesn’t matter what you do-just pick something and DO IT!