25 Days of Christmas Idea & Dec 1 Worldwide Day of Service #LIGHTtheWORLD
“I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.” – John 8:12
As I sit here at my desk after the busiest work week of the year (#thankyouallretailersforturningblackfridayintoaweekinsteadofaday #jk), I’m grateful for the opportunity to sit in stillness. Working 80+ hours in 6 days makes me REALLY appreciate a few things…
- I appreciate that 80 hour work weeks don’t happen very often
- I appreciate the amazing team of people I work with who are loyal and hardworking
- I appreciate that God gave us the Sabbath day… a day of rest. This week, my team and I have been looking forward to this day!
If you’re new to me and my blog and my story…
Let me give you a VERY quick recap. 8 years ago I started this blog “for fun.” 7 months later my husband was laid off. 18 months after that, we almost lost our home (husband still unemployed). 18 months after that, I earned enough income from this blog to 100% support my family #blessings. Today, my husband is employed at an awesome job (thank goodness for benefits). We have 8 kids ages 20-2. I still run this blog and have a small team of wonderful people that work with me. My mission with this blog is to empower families to become healthy, wealthy, and wise. This past week we’ve cranked the “wealthy and wise” portion into overdrive as we’ve shared HUNDREDS of money saving deals with you. The “healthy” will jump back into full swing here in a few weeks as we prepare to launch our January fitness challenge.
In the midst of all the chaos swirling around us… schedules, homework, kids sports, appointments, breakfast making, children waking, lunch packing, laundry, dinner making, Christmas decorating, gift list making, gift list shopping (online of course), gift hiding, gift wrapping, Christmas card making, Christmas card addressing, Christmas card stuffing, Christmas card mailing, family parties, church parties, to-do list making, forgetting, remembering, working, deal hunting, cleaning, laundry, family gathering, political worrying, tear wiping, nose wiping, boo-boo kissing, children calming, counter wiping, grocery shopping, errand running, laundry (did I already say that?)…
…it is HARD to find time to sit. To be still. To meditate. To listen to peace. To fill my heart… with His love and light. #LIGHTtheWORLD
This year I want to be more strategic about how I spend my time. I want to get my gift buying over by the end of November so I can use December to really FOCUS. Enjoy my littles. Love those around me more deeply. Feel His love for me and soak it in. More than I ever have.
In October, I learned about this wonderful Christmas campaign hosted by the LDS church. This non-denominational campaign invites ALL OF US to do something small each day, in order to serve others. In so doing, we will #LIGHTtheWORLD with His everlasting light.
Dec 1 – Worldwide Day of Service
It starts on December 1st. It’s simple. This doesn’t need to be big and overwhelming! If you accept the invitation to participate, I know you will create lasting memories with your family, and really enjoy the true richness of the Christmas season. So, on December 1… find a way YOU can lift someone else. Go to the #LIGHTtheWORLD website (hosted at Mormon.org) and you can watch a brief video that will inspire you. Then scroll down and you’ll see there are 25 days listed. Each day has a “theme” along with a few ideas you can implement. Do what works for you! You don’t have to use the ideas listed on the website. The point is to DO something DIFFERENT this Christmas season! Make sure you click the button and add yourself to the count!
Be the Change… #LIGHTtheWORLD
It’s about small changes really… and each day you do something simple and small. That’s it! Imagine if millions of people each did one extra small and simple act of service for 25 days. How would that change the world? Even if you were the only one doing it… would it change you? For example, Day 20 is “Jesus Saw Potential in Others and So Can You.” Ideas of ways you can get involved listed on the calendar are:
Again… these are just ideas. Do something on this day that shows that YOU see the potential in others. Get creative! Go here to download and print the #LIGHTtheWORLD 25 Days of Service Calendar printable.
Here is the day I chose to talk about on the blog:
Day 18: Jesus Honored the Sabbath and So Can You
Like I mentioned above, I’m so grateful that God gave us the Sabbath day… a day to take a break from all the chaos of life! No matter how you spend your Sundays, on this particular Sunday (Dec 18th), do something different than you ever have. For some, it will be going to a worship service for the first time in a long time. For others, it may be choosing to stay off your device for a few hours (or take it up a notch and do it for the entire day!).
Here’s a list of Sunday activities your family might enjoy:
- Write good ol’ fashioned letters to loved ones who live away from us
- Read scriptures and good literature
- Bake cookies and leave them on someone’s doorstep as a surprise
- Set goals, and check in on goals
- Visit someone who is sick or home bound
- Write in journals or on family blog
- Go on a bike ride or a walk together as a family
- Play games together
- Take a nap
- Have one on one time with each child
- Have a family meeting to plan the upcoming week & family vacations and to set goals
- Watch old family movies or look at old family pictures
- Interview grandparents or family members
- Create a menu plan
- Plan a family service project
- Write a note of gratitude to people who served or inspired you this week
- Watch Bible Videos together as a family
- Color pictures for grandparents
What Will You Do?
Will you choose to #LIGHTtheWORLD? Tomorrow night, get your family together and make some plans! In fact, you can make it really simple! Go to mormon.org and check out the calendar to see ideas for each day. Make this year different. Change the cycle of chaos and the swirl of spending. See what happens when you look outside of your own issues and find ways to uplift others. Christian or not, no matter what your beliefs are, YOU can still be the change. YOU can make this season one to be remembered.