The reverse advent calendar

November 30, 2020

It's that festive time of year, so eagerly awaited after a year full of upheaval. December is just around the corner. It's often synonymous with festivities. Unfortunately, this year will once again be a little different, and we won't be able to spend it under normal conditions.

So it will be difficult to get together in teams to wish each other well. But this year, more than ever, we need to stand together and support each other.

Why not try an activity that both keeps the festive spirit alive and does good deeds at the same time: the reverse advent calendar.

The principle is simple:

Every day in December, instead of opening the window of one of the many commercial advent calendars, we suggest you put non-perishable foods and non-alcoholic drinks in a box. In just a few days, you'll have put together a box full of goodies for people in need.

The grand start of this action will begin *SURPRISE* onDecember 1. Set yourself at least ten days to complete this challenge, so that each beneficiary is entitled to the same quantity of products.


Your reverse advent calendar must end no later than December 17 to be able to drop off your gift at one of Les Samaritains asbl's collection points, which will then distribute your gifts to those in need.

Reverse advent calendar

How to turn it into a team activity?

To make this action even more fun to share, we recommend that you send yourself a photo of the donated product each day via your whatsapp, team, intranet or other groups. Not only will this enable the brainiacs to add their product of the day, but it will also provide ideas in case you run out of ideas.

If you want to turn it into a challenge, don't hesitate to use points to make the action more dynamic. Here's a suggested breakdown of points, but they can be adapted:

  • 1 point: starch
  • 2 points: tin can
  • 3 points: drinks under 1L
  • 4 points: 1L drinks
  • 5 points: a word of encouragement

Take a photo on the day you drop off your gift at the depots. You'll earn 5 bonus points if you wear a Christmas accessory in the photo.

Finally, make a montage of all these photos together to display in your offices. It'll make a great photo of the 2020 holiday season, despite the distance! The winner(s) can have their name under the photo.

And who knows? Could this challenge become a company custom?

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