My family started a new tradition this year for Advent. I thought I'd share it here for those of you who celebrate Christmas. Even if you don't, you may find a way to add this thoughtful activity to your celebration this month.
Each day I ask my children, husband and self what we've done for others. I then write the selfless acts onto tiny slips of paper and put them in Jesus's bed in our nativity*. On Christmas morning, when He is added, His bed will be covered in nice soft "hay" to sleep on.
It's a wonderful thing hearing my children reflect on their good will each evening...and for my husband and I as well. It keeps us mindful of what Christmas is all about...the great gift of Jesus.
* - That's our Fontanini nativity shown above. Each year my children gift me with a piece to it. Note that a fisherman, deer family, and various villagers carrying food my children enjoy have apparently become more important than adding a third camel. Two kings must have camel-pooled to Bethlehem!