A Christmas Tradition Serving Others

A Christmas Tradition Serving Others by Melinda Todd

Are you looking for a way to engage your family in serving others this Christmas season?

We like to take the focus off of the “gimmes” and put it back on the giving of Christmas. What do we do?

We decorate brown paper sacks and then fill them with holiday goodies.

These don’t go out to just anyone. They go out to those poor souls who work Christmas day. The gas station attendants always get one. The look of surprise on their faces when we don’t ask for gas but instead bless them with a little treat, 100% priceless. The cashier at the grocery store or mini mart. Law Enforcement. 911 Dispatchers. The list goes on.

Our kids love doing this. They instantly see results because of the smiles and thank you’s they receive – that’s not what it’s about of course! But they fight over who gets to give.

We pulled into the gas station one evening and the older man working came to our window and we told him we didn’t want gas, but instead had a little gift for him. He teared up and said, “No way, man! No way!”

It doesn’t have to be expensive. You really never know whose heart will be touched. Put the focus of the Christmas season back to giving and Christ.

Where To Deliver:

  • Gas Stations
  • Fast Food Restaurants
  • Police Station – Don’t forget the 911 dispatchers
  • Fire station
  • Nursing homes – might need to call ahead and get an okay
  • Grocery Store Clerks
  • The Hospital -Don’t forget the EMTs
  • Mini Marts

Ideas for Bag Contents:

Do you need Christmas gift ideas? I’ve got you covered, check out my shop.

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Shirt by Mel’s Doodle Designs

Check out my easy tradition for Thanksgiving!

Are you going to start a tradition like this? *Several of you have told me you are starting this on other holidays like Thanksgiving as well. AWESOME!


Suggested Gift Ideas:

Merry & Bright Christmas Coloring Book by Mel's Doodle Designs

Gift In Greeting Card
Wraps fit perfectly inside a greeting card!

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  1. Super sweet idea! gonna try it this Christmas.

  2. This is a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for sharing it. This is a tradition we can easily do! Your kids are adorable too 🙂

  3. Sue @ Suluban Cliff

    Aww.. they are so lovely. It’s really a nice way to do with your kids.

  4. how sweet love the idea ! thank you for sharing …. merry christmas to you and your family <3

  5. Oh, I LOVE this idea!!! So thoughtful. My kids are in the mid to late teen years, but they might even enjoy helping me do this. What a beautiful tradition!
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  6. What a great and amazing tradition for Christmas Holidays, a very altruistically attitude. I bet that those persons are more than thrilled to receive a gift..from a stranger, i mean this is quite a surprise. Congratulations for your warm thoughts and for all the effort that you put in giving a smile on Christmas evening.

  7. Love this idea!!!

    Merry Christmas, friend!
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  8. I love this! thanks for sharing…
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  9. Perfect idea! What a way to show Christs love

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  12. What kind of stuff do you put in the bags?

    • Depends on the year. Usually the things listed in the article: candy cane, tangerine, and some candies. Small inexpensive things work just fine 🙂 They enjoy the fact that someone thought of them 🙂

  13. This is so sweet, I have been looking and thinking of something I could do like this for some time now, usually we donate shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child, and still will, but to see the faces of the people you bless must make it so wonderful. Thank you for the idea!

    If you have any other ideas like this please share!

  14. This is awesome and we will be incorporating this into our day. What a great lesson on serving in a fun way!

  15. My family is going to have so much fun doing this! What a gift you’ve given those who have to work Christmas day. I remember those days when I was a cashier. They’re hard and you’re left out of family celebrations. Thanks for this idea.

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  18. So starting this! I was searching for traditions to start with my little young family and well none of them were centered on Christ or service and so I was so happy to finally find this! thank you!

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