Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Traditions: Kris Kringle

Does your family have a special Christmas tradition?

One of ours is Kris Kringle. I'm not talking about the movie Miracle on 34th Street or even referring to Santa Claus. I'm talking about a game. A good deed game. A "random acts of kindness" game that we were playing as a family long before those "random acts of kindness" became catchy words on a bumper sticker.

The concept is simple. Throughout December, leading up to Christmas, one attempts to do anonymous good deeds for fellow family members. For example, slipping a piece of wrapped candy into someone's coat pocket when they aren't looking. Or surreptiously making someone else's bed for them without their knowing it. Or taping a funny cartoon clipping to the dashboard of the car. You get the idea. Just doing something to please and surprise another person without their catching you in the act! It's lots of fun. My kids always got a big bang out of this

It only takes one person to start the practice, and before long, everyone is getting stealthily philanthropic. It's something I miss now that the kids are grown, though I did sneak a couple of pieces of See's candies into my husband's ham radio room for him to find last night.

Today I've been digging my sewing room out of chaos--a dreadful undertaking, but it's nice now it's done. Or more-or-less done. (I have seriously got to destash some fabric! And don't even mention the word yarn.)

Tomorrow is a big day. Our youngest is coming home from college on the east coast. We haven't seen him since July, so I'm very excited! I'm curious how the dogs will react to his return. I think they will go happily ballistic. Your prayers for his safe return are appreciated!

Do feel free to comment and tell about a favorite tradition in your family. I'd enjoy reading about it!




1 comment :

  1. When Kc, Heidi and I were little, we would get up in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve, sit by the Christmas tree, and look at all the presents and pretty , soft lights. Also, getting dressed up for Christmas morning! I loved that!
    I am going to do your random acts of kindness idea, I think the kids will really enjoy it.