No, that wasn’t a keyboard seizure. It’s my sons’ new mantra. Fox started it and my little Bear followed suit like a lemming. It’s a chant said during every Paw Patrol commercial break. For a Barbie pizza oven, for a doll whose hair changes color, for a life size Repunzel, for a game wherein you wear a helmet with hanging food orbiting around it. Real quality stuff. I tried to challenge Fox to tell me why he wanted each item in an effort to slow down the Iwantthat flow, but to no avail. He came up with a justification for everything, at least in his mind.
Still, this mama wasn’t done. Relaxing in a bath, wearing a Korean beauty mask that made me look like Buffalo Bill, I came up with the Santa Challenge, a list of 25 acts of kindness for the days leading up to Christmas.
I’ve baited the hook. I’ve told Fox that I’ve heard of this thing where Santa sends a letter to his favorite kids and challenges them to do 25 kind things. Only the kids who complete all 25 tasks get a special prize on Christmas. He’s pretty into it.
“Mom, I want to do that!”
“Well,” I said, “I hope you’re one of Santa’s favorites.”
As you may have already guessed, he is. I plan to mail the letter to myself either using the actual postal service or by faking a postmark and bringing the letter in with the real mail.
Some of the items involve special trips or small purchases, but most can be done in the scope of an average day. And some are things he already does that I love and want to reinforce.
Maybe we won’t get to them all, but it will be fun to try. And, fingers crossed, along the way, my boys might use the holiday season to think more about others than themselves: Iwantthat.
The Santa Challenge
- Call or Facetime a grandparent.
- Share a toy with your brother.
- Pass out stickers to other children; let them choose which one they want!
- Leave a message on the garbage cans for the trash guys (bonus for taping a treat to it!).
- Leave a note in Spanish with treats for the gardeners.
- Give out book marks at the library.
- Pay someone a compliment.
- Give someone a big hug.
- Be extra kind to a pet.
- Help a grown up.
- Put away your toys without being asked.
- Put quarters on vending machines.
- Give flowers to the story time ladies.
- Deliver treats to the neighbors.
- Donate to the animal shelter.
- Bring toys to share with friends.
- Pass out treats at the DMV.
- Tell a joke to someone.
- Eat all your dinner.
- Draw someone a picture.
- Send a loving text.
- Make someone’s coffee.
- Donate old toys to Santa that he can fix up for other kids.
- Give your brother a big hug.
- Tell someone “have a nice day.”
Give a family an award and treats for having the best home holiday display.
Pick out an item to donate for a toy drive.
Show appreciation for something another person does for you.
Hold open the door for someone.
Learn about a new culture or tradition.
Try a new food item.
Do something nice for another person without him/her knowing; be a kindness ninja.
Offer to share.