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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Good Things Utah Pin of the Week... Advent Calendar

THIS IS THE PIN I featured this week!

With the beginning of December, my kids LOVE the tradition of having some sort of an advent calendar.  I love this fun but simple idea too!  The only thing I have a hard time with is all the tiny things we put in the calendar that don’t really add much “meaning” to the spirit of Christmas.  This calendar offers the perfect solution, I was so excited to make it!

Items Needed:
Matchboxes 
Christmas paper (I like to use 6x6 paper pads because the print is smaller and I can get more of a variety for the cost!)
White Paint (optional)

Directions:
Simply paint the ends of the boxes white, wrap Christmas paper around the outside and put them in a cute glass jar you have laying around the house!

I did have to do a few things differently... 

I couldn't find matchboxes anywhere!  I did find some online on amazon.com but because I was in a time crunch I couldn't wait to have them shipped.  

I ended up finding little 2" boxes at Zurchers.  It was only $1.75'ish for a 12 pack. I printed the numbers for each box on my computer and just used my circle punch to punch them out! 

When thinking of what to put in each box, I couldn't help but think about this post I created last year.  In going through it, I think these are still the best things to put in these cute little boxes!  I don't think we can get enough of spreading kindness!  

I added the tag from my original post to the jar after because  I thought it was a cute addition!

Here is the list of ideas you can do for kindness....
Find someone who is homeless and deliver them a blanket
Buy a few boxes of candy canes and tell random strangers "Merry Christmas" and give them a smile and a candy cane.
Call someone you love just to see how they are doing!
Mail a hand written letter to someone who has done something kind to you.
Offer to babysit your friends' kids so she can go stress free Christmas shopping!
Sing or play a musical instrument for a Nursing home with your family.
Set up a hot cocoa stand and accept donations only for a charity of your choice.
Mend a broken heart by reconciling with someone you have not been close to.
Walk your neighbors dog for them.
Give a candy cane to your bank teller and every cashier who helps you today.
Take a treat to your local Fire Station or Police Station to Thank them for their work.
 Rake your neighbors leaves
Go to the store and pay off someones layaway anonymously
Pay the parking toll for the car behind you when leaving a parking garage.
Invite neighbor kids to come over for a craft day to make gifts for their parents.
Leave a note and little gift for your mail man or UPS delivery guy.
Call a friend and offer to help them wrap their Christmas gifts.
Help a friend clean their home.
Ring the bell for a Salvation Army bell ringer so they can have a break!
Pay the bill for the car behind you in a drive thru.
Help a stranger load their groceries in their car.
Open the door for strangers.
Pick up litter and trash throughout the day.
Give out 20 compliments to 20 people today.
Help someone carry something.
Tape quarters to vending and and toy machines around town.
Donate food to the Utah food bank.
Collect mittens and hats and boots, deliver to a school to give kids who don't have any at recess.
Pay someones fees at the library.
Take your kids to buy with their own allowance a toy to donate to Toys 4 Tots.
Go through your books and donate any that you may not need to your school library or a teacher for their classroom.
Turkey bomb a neighbor! (leave a turkey or ham on their porch, ring and run!!!)
Pass out candy canes and wish everyone in the long lines at the post office a "Merry Christmas!"
Gather all the shopping carts in a parking lot and put them inside the store.
Call the hospital and see if you can go read stories or bring a little gift to those there the week of Christmas.
Give stuffed animals to the police department for kids. 

Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS, but even more... make someone else's Christmas more MERRY.  
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