Friends, it has been so looong…a little too long. It feels good to be back. For those of you who might not know, I was finishing up my degree in web-design and couldn’t balance doing that, my husband’s new, residency schedule, motherhood and on and on….you all know and get it:). Anyhow, more on all of that later. After some time off spent traveling a bit, being a full-time mother (without school) and finding new routines, I have found myself back here ready to share and create.
To kick off the Christmas season, I have been pondering ways in which I could integrate my church’s Christmas campaign #LightTheWorld and Homesong Blog’s ideas from the post, A Simple Homemade Advent Calendar, Here is how I combine the two.
I followed Amanda Watters’ (creator behind Homesong Blog) method of using what was available at home to create a simple and meaningful calendar that focused attention on completing a daily act of service. As she suggested, I headed for the drawers to see what cookie cutters I could use as a stencil. The mitten it was! I grabbed some velvet scraps and simply traced and cutout twenty-five mittens. I then hung them as she did by using twine and clothes pins. Easy peasy!
After numbering all of my mittens, I downloaded this calendar from the #LightTheWorld campaign to inspire tasks and activities that would enable my family to focus this season on giving instead of getting. It was actually really fun reading the daily scriptures and brainstorming activities that could go along with their daily themes. One could even use the preparation of reading the scriptures and coming up with a plan as the first, service activity! Today, Olive and I turned over mitten number one and spent time reading books about Christ’s birth. It was the perfect way to help introduce the spirit of the season and our twenty-five day project. Here is how we will be spending our month. I hope you will join us!
#LightTheWorld 25 Ways in 25 Days
- Read the Christmas Nativity story of Christ’s birth
- Put together care items for the homeless
- Watch the LDS Christmas Devotional as a family and make cookies for the new neighbors
- Drop off cookies to the new neighbors and introduce ourselves
- Deliver flowers to a friend
- Send and deliver Christmas cards to friends and family
- Draw a family member’s name and make a homemade gift for him/her for Christmas day
- Learn a Christmas carol, record it as family and email to relative that lives far away
- Tape quarters to vending machines
- Drop off Christmas activity books to Children’s Hospital
- Take goodies to the neighborhood fire station
- Donate a few toys
- Pick up any trash on our street and a local park
- Deliver hot cocoa to the bell ringers at stores
- Drop off Dad’s favorite lunch
- Take a friend to the local, live nativity
- Skype or Face Time a friend that we haven’t talked to in a while
- Spend the afternoon handing out the prepared items for the homeless
- Invite friends over for Christmas crafts
- Drop off donuts at the neighborhood police station
- Make thank you Christmas gifts for teachers
- Donate food to a food bank
- Prepare a nice, candle-lit meal for visiting family
- Leave a note and goodie in the mailbox for the mail carrier
- Call grandparents and wish them a Merry Christmas