Advent calendars aren’t just for kids! This cute calendar for adults is full of little ideas to embrace the spirit of the season every day.
Many advent calendars are filled with candy, ornaments, or holiday-themed knick-knacks.
But this is stuffed with stuff that fills your heart, not your stomach!
This advent calendar is designed specifically for adults but the whole family can participate because of its simplicity. I think you will like this!
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What’s on an Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar?
In the calendar I created years ago, there are all kinds of fun and festive things you can do to brighten up your neighborhood at Christmas.
Every day brings a different idea of a small kindness to be done.
Things like delivering candy canes to neighbors, drawing chalk art with friends, baking cakes for others, etc.
But honestly, as the kids get older and our schedules become more affected, these activities are starting to stress me out.
We don’t have an easy, open schedule like we did when the kids were babies.
As much as I would like to, I don’t have enough time to do these activities every day.
But I still wanted a way to weave kindness and intention into the holiday season, and I didn’t want it to be just for my kids.
I wanted something to help I Remember to look outward this season, even in a small, intentional way every day.
How is the advent calendar different for adults?
There are three things I really love about this adult advent calendar, so I’m going to break them down for you.
First, it’s titled “For Adults,” but I’ve written it kindly so that any member of your family can theoretically share it with you. You may have to adapt for little ones, but it’s easy enough to suit almost anyone.
Second, it is specially designed so that each kindness takes no more than approx Two minutes. I know how busy you are. I know how full your days are.
But I also know that these truths do not stop you from wanting to share your heart with the world and do good for people.
The nice thing is that kindness doesn’t have to take up a huge part of your day. Hopefully these little ideas will help make kindness more of a mindset for you than anything else.
Finally, every idea here is free! No cost, no ingredients, just intention and presence.
Easy acts of kindness for the whole family
If you’d like to know what to do before you download and print your advent calendar, I’ve listed kindness ideas below.
There’s one for each day of Advent, plus a few extras so you can weed out the ones that don’t suit you.
- Open the door for someone today.
- Send a photo to a family member who will appreciate it.
- Pick up any trash you see on the sidewalk throughout the day.
- Smile at someone and say hello.
- Ask how someone else is doing, and really listen to the answer.
- Wish someone good morning.
- Tell a friend something you like about them.
- Offer to have someone cut in front of you in line.
- Write a quick thank you note to your mail carrier.
- Use the person’s name when you talk to them to make them feel special.
- If you see a friend who looks pretty, offer to take a photo.
- Tell a friend or family member something you like about them.
- Then you notice a friend doing something cool, tell him out loud.
- Pick up something someone else drops.
- Make eye contact and say thank you to anyone who helps you throughout the day.
- Give a sincere compliment to someone you don’t talk to often.
- Say please before any order you place today.
- Give a hug or high-five to someone who needs it.
- Text or email someone you haven’t seen in a while.
- Leave a funny note for your friend to find.
- Encourage a friend or family member who is trying to reach a goal.
- When you say goodbye to someone, also wish them a great day.
- Say hello to someone you don’t talk to often.
- Write a list of five things you are grateful for (if there are people on them, tell them!).
- Make a no-screen rule for an hour or two and talk to friends or family instead.
- Write a note or send an email to a former teacher who had an influence on you.
- Smile at someone who needs it.
Supplies you’ll need
The supplies needed for this adult advent calendar are minimal, which I love.
You will need a computer and a printer, along with some White cards.
You can get the printable files below.
You may also find that there is… scissors Very useful for cutting cards.
Finally, you will want to Washi tape If you plan to display it by sticking it on the wall.
Other display ideas
If you like the version below, hanging from a gold ring, you’ll find instructions on how to do it here.
For younger children or a family that loves color, you can hang your own advent calendar for adults with this felt hanger. The cards are designed to be just the right size to fit in each pocket.
You can also link them like the advent calendar below.
How to print and create our own Advent calendar for adults
These files come as free printables for you to enjoy! Enter your information below to download Advent calendar cards for adults.
And if you want to download the accompanying envelopes, you can get them in this post.
You’ll also find instructions for creating an advent calendar here.
I hope this idea becomes a cherished tradition and a valuable part of your holiday! xoxo
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