We made a goal this year to complete all 25 days leading up to Christmas lighting the world. We sat down and brainstormed some things that we wanted to do as a family to serve and help others. It was really fun. I love that my kids started thinking about others and thought of ways to serve. I love that every morning Lydia would wake up and ask “What are we doing to light the world today?” I love that every time Liam would ask for something new he’d quickly retract and say that he didn’t need it and that we should help someone in need. I love seeing them be so giving and I hope that as their mother I can teach them to be this way all the time and not just around Christmas. I hope they grow up to be kind, and giving, and successful so that they can help take care of others.
We managed to compete 23 days of service. We kinda dwindled the last two days, but that’s okay. The 23 days and 23 ways we served meant so much to us and hopefully brightened someone’s day. Here’s what we did. . . Gave new clothes to kids in need. Served at the temple. Volunteered at a food pantry. Visited a friend in the hospital. Gave a talk in church. Made cookies for our neighbors. Took dinner to my parents. Cut out felt hearts for a safe house for children. Donated new toys to kids in need. Wrote thank you notes to Sunday School teachers. Helped cut down fallen trees in the neighborhood after snow storm. Shoveled frozen driveways. Gave $20 to a homeless man. Made jello and delivered it to the sick. Mailed homemade Christmas cards to kids who are struggling this year. Donated items for the children’s hospital families. Visited a sick friend. Took treats to kids primary teachers. Donated warm hats to kids in need. Gave balloons to kids at Disney. Donated used clothes and shoes. Donated books. Made treats and gifts for school teachers. Made dinner for someone in need. Donated food to the local food pantry. Donated our used car seats. Delivered secret Santa gifts to the elderly.