“Mom, can you help me get the red plate out that says You’re Special. I want to put it at Sissy’s place tonight, but I don’t want her to see me putting it there.”
These were the kind of comments that were heard in our home during the Christmas Season each year. At the beginning of each week of the month of December we would all draw names and then we would try to do secret acts of kindness every day for the person whose name we had drawn. We called it Christmas Secret Pals!
The children loved it, but Don and I loved it even more as we watched our children consciously focus on the rest of the family and do something kind for them each day. We started it when they were very young, so sometimes the little ones needed our help to write notes to their siblings, or to pick up their Dad’s favorite candy bar at the grocery store. But watching them deliberately think up ways to bless their secret pal and observing how their hearts were attune to the other person’s likes and dislikes was something we will treasure in our hearts forever. It touched us to see them care for other family members, and it also caused their hearts to be knit together in a deeper way. It was a Christmas tradition that held great purpose and brought great results!
What is a Christmas tradition you did/do in your family that was or is meaningful to you? I’d love to hear them! Please share!