Christmas time is my favorite because of the opportunity to focus on Christ in ways that are widely accepted. The last few years our church has created a theme, an initiative to help share the love of the Savior with all people and as a family, we have participated, see these posts: A Savior is Born and Share the Gift. This year Light the World gives 25 examples of Christ performing service that we can emulate: a service advent. What a perfect way to spend the season, trying to perform a similar act of service each day and hopefully focusing on Christ along the way.
Yesterday I decided that this year our family will be using the printables from the ladies over at The Small Seed. Now I mention that I decided yesterday, so you will know who quick and easy it is to set up and start. I am the queen of procrastination so I appreciated being able to do something very quickly. I downloaded the printables. Emailed the tree jpg to my local printer requesting a black and white engineering print (36" x 48" the biggest size they had) and picked it up a couple of hours later. I printed and cut out the stars and using the file provided here at home. To make things a little easier if you have a Silhouette cutting machine here is a cutting file for the stars Download Ornaments-1 (studio3 file).
I love projects that I can do quickly.
We had a big discussion about not using the #LighttheWorld hashtag and performing service anonymously, how I love that this is a big deal for my children. It made me happy to know that they want to serve because they love and not for the recognition. I am really looking forward to what the next 25 days will be like in our home.
Loaf wanted to be the first to put a star on the tree, but the boys reminded her that she needed to lift another's burdens. As she proceeded to give people hugs, she said, "My hugs always make people happy."
How I love the Savior! He is my all. He has lifted my burdens more times than I can count. He is the reason.
Our plan is to show the video clip each night for the next day's service, so we have time to think about what we want to do. You can find all the videos and downloads here: mormon.org/christmas.