Make a Good Deeds Chain
During Advent and Lent we especially focus on doing acts of charity and kindness for other. To reinforce this, start a good deeds chain today. A good deeds chain is a simple paper chain, but you must do a good deed for each piece of paper you add.
So have some slips of paper ready, and every time a member of your family does an act of charity for somebody else, write it on the chain.
Consider these thoughts from our Holy Father:
Let's choose a concrete commitment, however small, that's adapted to our situation in life, and let's continue to do it to prepare ourselves for Christmas: call a person who is alone, visit that elderly or ill person, do something to serve a poor person, someone in need.Pope Francis
You can use different colors to represent different types of charity - for example purple for doing an extra chore, green for making a donation, pink for helping somebody outside of your family, etc.
Hopefully by the end of the Advent season or Lent you will have a nice long chain decorating some part of your house!
Take some time to do an act of kindness for a neighbor today. Bake some cookies or make a batch of soup. Elderly shut-ins will especially appreciate the thoughtfulness of an act like this.
Our families are communities. We must work to build them up, just like any other social structure.