It’s that time of year , the 365give Reverse Advent Calendar. This is a special way of giving during the month of December where we give to one place, organization or family for 24 days before Christmas. If you are not familiar with an Advent Calendar, read this blog post and get caught up on our December giving ritual. If you are not celebrating or observe the Christmas holiday, or do not observe this December holiday, you can turn this ritual into December giving!
So instead of receiving a piece of chocolate or opening doors on your advent calendar starting December 1, you can give for the 24 days before Christmas. It is easy. You can utilize things from your home, small items purchased at the store, or in my case this year, I am taking 24 different friends out for coffee, one each day for 24 days in December.
Your 365give Reverse Advent Calendar or your 24 days of giving in December can be anything you want. It is all about building a theme. For 24 days your daily give will support this theme!
In previous years we supported a family in a shelter and a local animal shelter. We put one thing in a box as our daily give for 24 days. For the family we put added gently used clothing and blankets from our home. We collected tinned food items from our pantry. We purchased toys for the kids using money we collected from our recycled bottles. Another day we made Christmas cards and put them in our giving box. We had a ball coming up with fun gives throughout the 24 days. On Day 25 we delivered our giving box to the family along with some cookies we had baked on Give 24. Did we feel happy? Of course we did. Each day we added an item we felt great. The family was thrilled on December 25th when we delivered our giving box.
Like your monthly giving list, giving is so much easier if you spend a few minutes planning your gives. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3, just like your daily giving!
#1 Decide on a theme. Do you want to give to people, the planet or animals?
#2 Determine if you are going to give to one place for 24 days or spread your theme over many places and people.
#3 Plan out your gives for the 24 days, leaving room for a bit of spontaneity.
Ready to start your reverse advent calendar this 2019? December giving has never been so fun, and will make you a lot happier than if you received a small advent gift for 24 days. Make this year’s Reverse Advent Calendar a fun one, and see how happy you are every day for the next 24 days.
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