It's Christmas!! You probably noticed back in October, before Halloween, that it is Christmas! Honestly the earlier Holiday decor is put out in the stores, the more I start dreading the holiday, which is so IRRITATING! I mean I really love Christmas. I love that we celebrate the birth of the Saviour of the World, and why not in winter. It doesn't matter to me that this isn't ACTUALLY is birthday. However, I have grown DESPISE the commercialism that surrounds this season. When my oldest child was 4, before he had any siblings, we had our AHA moment. We SOOO over did it on the toys, and were definitely trying to compensate for my morning sickness, and his lack of sibling. Since then we have put a TON of effort into creating more meaning in our holiday season through service, and stories, and quality time spent together with only a few special gifts.
A few years ago I purchased a fantastic advent calender from World Market... or maybe it was Costco.... ANYWAY. At first we would put little toys in it and a scripture. One year I printed a Nativity picture and cut it into a 24 piece puzzle., another year I sewed a felt Nativity set and placed those pieces in each door, along with a Random Act of Christmas Kindness (RACK). You've probably seen a few RACK calenders floating around pinterest.
At this point we are taking a trip every other year with some service element to it, but this year we will be at home. I printed a calender and filled it in with a fun activity, and a small act of service for each day. Then put those on a little slip of paper and into our advent cubbies. There is sometimes a little candy and a few days has been a ticket for a gift that I had already purchased and wrapped. After I got all that done I found out about the #Lighttheworld movement and just felt I had to add it into our advent. Put together by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints, it fit perfectly with the tone I have been working toward for this season. Each day has a simple idea for ways to serve people... such as "Jesus honored his parents and so can you. " It always lists a few ideas of ways you can perform that act . There is even a child version of this program that you can print in calender form and hang on their wall.
Have you heard yet about #lighttheworld? I hope you will visit the website and add whatever service you can into the remainder of your month. It's such a wonderful way to bring you out of the holiday blues, and if you are missing someone important to you, what better way to honor them than by serving mankind. #Lighttheworld
Mother, Oiler, healthnut-ish, teacher, coach, wife, lover of life and all of it's simple gifts.