Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets + Free Printable!


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Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!

 Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets + Free Printable!

Spreading holiday cheer is my absolutely favorite thing about the Winter holidays. I love the overall feeling of humanity and caring for others. I'm super lucky...my husband is retired from the military, I work from home and I homeschool my kids...other than swim team for my teenagers, we don't have to leave our home on cold days. I totally respect brave men and women that go out in the cold mornings to provide for their families and serve in the community. I decided that I needed to personally thank them this holiday season!
Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!
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I filled up these darling tall paint buckets with all kinds of treats and toys for our local mail carrier, school crossing guards and package delivery people. The brave ones out in the cold! Who would you give holiday cheer to? Maybe you are one of them, braving the cold winter weather for other people's comfort and convenience...thank you!
Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!
 This free printable is perfect for spreading holiday cheer! Warm hugs on a cold day! Right click to save off image, then print! Personal use only, please.

You will also need:

Hershey's Chocolate Mix
Hot Cocoa Kisses (these are divine)
Crunch Jingles
Christmas Candy
Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!

You'll also want:

Reindeer Mug (not going to lie, this one is for me to enjoy some hot cocoa after my deliveries)
Santa Ho Ho Ho Shirt (to wear while delivering goodies)
Holiday Bendable Characters
Tall Paint Buckets

Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!
Load up on candy and toys for stocking stuffers too! There's something wonderful about Reese's Trees...they are so much better than the cups...are you with me on that?

Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!
Cut the printable into 4 pieces, I used a paper cutter. Fill the buckets with some paper filler and press the bendable characters up against the bucket, so they look like they are ready for a hug!
Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!
 Then fill the buckets with treats and press the lids on. Then tape the printables right on the outside of the bucket. They can be tied with a bow, or just given as is. I love the simplicity!
Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!
 These bendable characters are my kids favorites...even the teenagers. It's just fun to have a toy you can bend and contort however you like!
Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!
 I love to see the little peeking Santa toy behind the printable! It's the perfect way to spread holiday cheer to those that serve in our communities. These would be great to pass out at a local hospital or school too!
Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!
     I have been the recipient of so many kind deeds in my life. I hope that when I go out and spread cheer that it has the same effect on them as it does on me. This really is the most wonderful time of the year. We were super poor for like the first 12 Christmas seasons we were married...not that gifts are the most important thing. However, we've had mysterious envelopes left on our car filled with cash or gift cards. We had 4 garbage bags full of wrapped gifts left on our porch one year for our young kids. We've found baskets of food on our porch. We've had strangers pay for our meals. We have had many generous Santa's in our lives. I would only hope that I could bring cheer to others too. This to me is the Spirit of Christmas. Have you had secret Santas in your life? Have you been a secret Santa?
Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!
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Spread Holiday Cheer Treat Buckets to people serving in the community. Includes Free Printable!

     Here's some other GREAT ways to serve and spread holiday cheer this Winter season. Don't let the serving stop at Christmas or only start after Thanksgiving. Be a generous human, all the time.


101 Cheap or FREE Ways to Serve


1. Write a note to someone
2. Leave a note or treat for the mail carrier
3. Donate gently used toys and clothes to charity
4. Genuinely say thank you to someone
5. Put some motivational notes up in public restrooms or on mirrors
6. Play a game with someone
7. Leave a secret note for someone to find
8. Sing a song to brighten the day
9. Compliment someone you see today
10. Offer to baby-sit for free for someone
11. Make cookies for the neighbors
12. Smile at everyone you see today
13. Shovel or do yard work for a neighbor
14. Take a thankful note to a teacher
15. Help clean the house without being asked
16. Call a customer service number just to say thank you
17. Go on a walk and pick up litter
18. Make a list of 10 things you are thankful for
19. Write a note and leave it under someone's pillow
20. Give someone a hug
21. Message 3 people a genuine compliment
22. Call and chat with someone that might be lonely
23. Do a random act for someone in your house
24. Put your phone or media down
25. Tell a joke or make a pun
26. Do the dishes while singing link you are in a musical
27. Leave a nice comment on the internet
28. Do something to make someone smile
29. Do a small service for someone
30. Take a handmade card to a school
31. Make handmade cards for kids in the hospital (link for separate post and pictures)
32.  Download the “Just Serve” app and find local opportunities to serve
33. Volunteer with your city
34. Offer to drive some errands for someone
35. Take dinner to a family
36. Visit the lonely at a local senior center
37. Serve at a soup kitchen
38. Offer your talents and skills to others
39. Work with Habitat for Humanity and help build a home
40. Become a foster parent
41. “Heart Attack”--Tape heart shaped notes all over someone’s front door
42. Clean your local church
43. Play catch or have a snowball fight with a child
44. Tell your parents how much you love them
45. Read to children at the hospital, library or school
46. Tutor someone
47. Make your family members beds
48. Donate blood through the Red Cross
49. Keep your house clean
50. Bring hot chocolate to someone working outside
51. Read family history stories
52. Take photos of elderly neighbors and give them prints to send to their families
53. Help a young mother with laundry
54. Tie a fleece blanket for the hospital
55. Wash and clean a family or neighbor’s car
56. Organize a clothes drive in your area
57. Take homemade greeting cards to the prison, group homes or assisted living homes.
58. Give a manicure to an elderly woman
59. Sing at a hospital or nursing home
60. Collect favorite recipes from neighbors and compile a cookbook
61. Host a potluck dinner
62. Help someone moving in or out of your neighborhood
63. Give financial aid to someone that needs it
64. Clean the cemetery grounds
65. Ask an older woman to teach you a skill like knitting or crocheting
66. Volunteer at the animal shelter
67. Organize a bake sale for a local cause
68. Put on an event for adults and children with disabilities
69. Bring the local Fire Department a box of donuts
70. Foster an animal through PETA and ASPCA
71. Bring flowers to someone in need
72. Let someone go in front of you at the checkout line
73. Write letters to soldiers
74. Run/jog/walk in a charity race
75. Donate Christmas trees to nursing homes or families in need
76. Collect unused make-up for local abused women shelter
78. Sponsor a foreign exchange student
79. Coach a local youth sport team
80. Volunteer as a teen crisis counselor
81. Donate used children’s books to a school library
82. Volunteer to help with a religious group activity
83. Deliver groceries and meals to elderly neighbors
84. Plant a tree, or collect funds for a community garden
85. Collect old eyeglasses and donate them to the needy
86. Let someone cut in front of you in traffic
87. Volunteer at the local food bank
88. Collect baby clothes/supplies to deliver to new parents
89. Donate hygiene kits to the homeless shelter
90. Volunteer at the Police Station
91. Paint over graffiti in your neighborhood
92. Start or join a neighborhood watch program
93. Volunteer as a crossing guard
94. Teach computer or phone skills to an elderly person
95. Drive seniors to doctors appointments
96. Take a child Christmas shopping at the dollar store and let them pick something for the people in their family
97. Deliver cookies to a home bound elderly neighbor
98. Organize a winter clothes drive for the homeless shelter
99. Help organize or participate in a Secret Santa program
100. Host a game night with a couple neighbor families
101. Ding Dong Ditch the neighbors with cookies or small gifts




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