The 12 Days of a Scout Christmas has become one of our favorite traditions on the Voice of Scouting, and we hope you will visit every day, beginning Friday, Dec 14, to find inspiring Christmas messages based on doing a good turn daily. On the first day of Christmas, we would like to share with you ways you can do a good turn by giving aid to refugees near you and around the world.
The Fifth Day of Christmas
People may not realize that doing good in the home is just as effective as doing good in the world. As it says in the Family Life Merit Badge:
The family is the basic unit of society and is important to both individuals and communities… As Scouts earn this merit badge, they will realize why it is important to know more about family life and how to strengthen their families.
Doing a good turn within your family can make a tremendous difference not only in the home life but in a Scout’s personal life. Here are ways that Scouts and others can strengthen their family this holiday season:
Do you have younger siblings in the home? Take time out of your day to read them a story or two. This one-on-one time will help develop a special bond between you and the little ones. Reading books with siblings will stimulate their imaginations. Reading aloud also fosters social and emotional development. Click here to view a list of holiday children books you can read to your family.
Do an Extra Chore
Doing chores is usually part of your everyday family life but, doing an extra chore can mean the world to the family. Go above and beyond and add an extra chore to your list. This can be as simple or complex as you want it. Serve those in your home by doing one (or more!) of the following:
- Shovel snow
- Wash, fold, and put away laundry
- Wash the windows (inside and out)
- Clean the baseboards
- Help your siblings with their chores
- Help cook dinner
- Clean out the fridge/microwave
Write a Note
This good turn is a simple, intimate task. You can brighten a family member’s day with a personal note. The note doesn’t have to be a long letter of love and praise (but it can). Write what you like about them or simply tell them that you love them. You can thank them for something they did or are doing or wish them happy holidays. Handwritten notes are special acts of kindness.
During this giving season don’t forget to give back to your family. Serve your parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, and so on. Doing a good turn in your home will encourage special bonds with family members that will strengthen the relationships and the home life as well. Remember, that serving your family is just as important as serving others.