Merry Christmas everyone! Are you starting to plan out your next few weeks? There will be shopping of course for gifts and parties, meals and whole afternoons of baking. Would you like to find ways to help you and your family stay focused on the real meaning of Christmas too?
I know I always want to, but sometimes so many other things get scheduled in that I never feel like I have time left over to do a big act of service.
If you’re like me there, you will love the Light the World ideas for 25 Days, 25 Ways. For every day in December leading up to Christmas, you’ll find a few different ideas of things you can do to try to follow the example of the Savior in some way. Let me share with you a couple of things that we’ve already done so that you can see how easy it is!
On December 14th, the prompt is “Jesus Taught Us To Clothe the Naked” In two different instances we were able to help out. First, the girls at church are collecting new socks of all sizes to donate to a local shelter. Then, my two elementary-aged kids picked an ornament of their giving tree at school. Both children had requested clothes, so we picked out some cute, warm clothes that will hopefully be just what they need. After we’d finished our shopping, we spotted a gorgeous rainbow out in the parking lot and snapped a picture.
As you look through the calendar of ideas, maybe a different idea will come to you – follow through! Maybe it’s paying for the drink of someone behind you in the drive through line, maybe it’s volunteering in your kids’ school class for an hour, maybe it’s just a quick call to check in on someone.
Think of all the good we can do by finding very small ways to serve. And keep the good going by sharing your ideas with the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD. I’ll be following it, because I love to hear of good things people do for each other. I hope you enjoy this holiday season and find that you’re able to strengthen your faith, family and community. Visit Mormon.org to find your own way to serve.