Friday, December 23, 2011

Good Deeds

We have been busy around here doing Good Deeds.
   I started the Good Deeds project last Christmas.  Every day in December, each girl drew out a slip of paper with a "good deed" on it.  Once she finished the deed, the slip of paper went into a special box.  On Christmas Eve, we left the box full of good deeds for Santa.  It was a lot of fun and really helped reinforce the concept of giving at Christmas time. 
   When I dug out the Christmas decorations this year, Katherine immediately asked if we were going to do Good Deeds again.  So our project is now officially a tradition, and one I love.  The girls are excited every day to what their next deed will be.  Some days we don't have time to do it all, so the deed slip waits in front of Baby Jesus until we are finished, little reminders of how to honor Him. 
   Since the girls are only 4 and 7, the good deeds are simple.  Send a card to someone.  Put money in a Salvation Army Bucket.  Make a Christmas craft for someone.
   A lot of the good deeds are little chores to be done around the house.  The girls actually think cleaning is fun, and I am always happy to have someone tidy up our (usually cluttered and slightly grubby) house.  Mop the kitchen floor.  Clean the front door.  Scrub the fronts of the oven and dishwasher.
  Today we tackeled Make Christmas goodies and deliver them to the neighbors.
We're down to one more Good Deed.  Our special box is getting full.
I'm pretty sure Santa will be pleased.

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