Recently, my daughters and I got to take a special trip to their favorite doll store. We admired the tiny accessories and historically accurate outfits for each doll, dreaming about what they might find under the Christmas tree this year. On the way out the door, each girl picked up a double-sided list with space for a wish list on one side and fill-in-the-blank suggestions for acts of kindness on the other.
This reminder to perform random acts of kindness during the holiday season is not unusual among retailers. Stores suggest donating to a worthy charity at the checkout or offer boxes where you can place donated toys. And the season wouldn’t be complete without the bell-ringing charity and their ubiquitous red buckets.
My elementary-aged daughters are already old enough to get excited about these gestures of kindness. They love to drop change into buckets and donate toys, but it isn’t long before they are back to their usual squabbles once we get home. They love the idea of random acts of kindness more than they love the idea of being kind in ordinary ways at home.
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