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A Reverse Advent Calendar? That’s new. Read on and find out how you can join in the Christmas spirit this year. The Christmas season is just starting, my favourite holiday of the year. As little kids, many of us had Advent calendars filled with little chocolates to count down the days until Christmas. While those types of Advent calendars are good to have, I want to introduce you to another kind of Advent calendar. These calendars are called reverse Advent calendars. Reverse Advent calendars have similar concepts, but instead of receiving something every day like a traditional Advent calendar, a Reverse one means you give or perform a good deed each day. Reverse calendar ideas can look different for everyone, so I included suggestions that I think everyone can do either by giving their money, their time and talents, or things they might already have at home. Most of these ideas are suitable and safe to do during COVID, but when working with others outside your immediate bubble, make sure to wear a mask, wash your hands, and social distance.
Ways to Give Your Money In A Reverse Advent Calendar
- Pay it forward and pay for the person’s coffee behind you in the drive-through.
- Buy a snack or meal for someone who can not afford to properly nourish themselves.
- Donate a new toy or cash donation to a toy drive near you to spread the Christmas cheer to children.
- Make a one time or recurring money donation to your favourite charity.
Ways to Give Your Time or Items You No Longer Use
- Write a Christmas card to a senior citizen or veteran
- Shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk or driveway when it snows
- Compliment a friend or stranger to make them feel special
- If you have non-perishable food that you will not eat, donate it to a local food bank near you to help others in your community.
- Ask your local animal shelter if they need blankets or towels because you just might need to get rid of some.
- Bake treats for anyone who might need a little sweetness in their life.
- Offer to help someone put up their Christmas decorations.
- Decorating can be an overwhelming task for many to do on their own, so help out a friend or neighbour.
- Donate old or new books
- Donate gloves, jackets, socks, and other winter clothing items new or used
- Tutor a student
- If you are an expert at a subject, offer to help another student who might be struggling with it. Set up a Zoom or video call to continue safely tutoring during COVID-19.
- Organize a bottle drive through your school
These are just some examples of Reverse Advent Calendar ideas but feel to brainstorm some of your own ideas. There are really no other rules other than just making sure to complete a good deed every day up until Christmas. Have fun and be creative with your Reverse Advent Calendar! Check out some of our Reverse Advent Calendar ideas from last year!
Ava is a high school student who enjoys her volunteer position teaching children to read. She also enjoys spreading joy and inspiring others through her writing. She loves giving back to her community and found the 365give mission matched her values of being kind, generously serving community and giving to others. She hopes that during her time at 365give, she can inspire others to be a part of the 365give Challenge and help the organization reach more people.