The Good Deed Box was something I first learned about 13 years ago at a mother’s exchange. For those that are unfamiliar with what a mother’s exchange is I’ll explain. It’s a group of mothers that get together once a month to share ideas for family living, exchange helpful hints to help make family life thrive and just generally enjoy fellowship with other mothers in your local area. Mine was with some great ladies from my church. I learned about the Good Deed Box at a mother’s exchange during the advent season and it’s been a Christmas tradition in our home since.
The Good Deed Box is a shoe box with a rectangular size hole cut into the top of the box. The entire box top and bottom gets wrapped in some sort of festive Christmas wrapping paper, and then a rectangular hole is cut into the wrapping paper over the rectangular hole that was previously cut into the top of the shoe box. Once the box is wrapped, a plain white piece of paper with the words “Happy Birthday Jesus” is taped to the front of the box to one side. On the other side of the front of the box, another piece of plain white paper is taped on with the words “Good Deed Box” .
It is then placed in a part of the home that is frequented often by everyone so that it is a reminder to the entire family to accomplish good deeds with each other. When the good deeds have been done, the person who has done them is to write them down on a piece of paper and put the paper in the box. Then, on Christmas Eve the Good Deed Box goes under the Christmas Tree as a gift for Jesus, with all of the other gifts
This activity seems to motivate the kids to be good to one another, reinforcing the meaning of Christmas for them. My older girls are always the people that make sure this gets done because it has been such a solid Christmas Tradition in our home. This year I actually forgot about it, but my oldest daughter didn’t!! She’s the one that initiated it and got the wheels in motion to get it done and on the dining room table. Shortly after, the rest of the gang got busy doing good deeds for one another just so they could write them down and get them into the box. Someone’s always trying to be the one with the most good deeds in the box, another motivational aspect to the activity.
If you do decide to do this activity, especially if you have younger kids, you’ll find they remember it quite well the following years and before long you have a really great Christmas Tradition in your house to look forward to every year.