Thursday, December 1, 2016

Preparing for Christmas, Lighting the World

December is a busy month for those who celebrate Christmas.  It's also a time when most people are more generous, kind, and thoughtful than usual.  This year our church is offering the theme "Light the World" and suggesting 25 ways over 25 days that we can follow in the footsteps of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and thoughtfully incorporate His example into our daily activities from now until Christmas Day.  I'm thinking of this as a service Advent calendar.  I hope you'll watch this beautiful inspirational video for a brief introduction. 

Each day has a theme based on some action or teaching of the Savior accompanied by suggestions/ideas for service activities which follow His teachings.  There is a clickable "calendar" here.  When you click the date you'll see specific suggestions for the theme of the day.  You can also download an advent calendar of "In 25 ways. Over 25 Days" here.

These are the themes go to the video introductions and ideas for giving service on each date.  (Click the date to view details)

December  1 -  Lift others’ burdens.
December  2 -  Honor your parents.
December  3 -  Help the blind.
December  4 -  Worship.
December  5 -  Serve the sick.
December  6 -  Read scripture.
December  7 -  Feed the hungry.
December  8 -  Pray for others.
December  9 -  Visit the lonely.
December 10 -  Help the disabled.
December 11 -  Serve children.
December 12 -  Teach others.
December 13 -  Show humility.
December 14  - Cloth the needy.
December 15 -  Worship through music.
December 16 -  Show compassion.
December 17 -  Care for your mother.
December 18 -  Honor the Sabbath.
December 19 -  “Calm the storm.”
December 20 -  See potential in others.
December 21 -  Forgive others.
December 22 -  Show gratitude.
December 23 -  Be a peacemaker.
December 24 -  Care for your loved ones.
December 25 -  Follow the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Isn't this a wonderful way to emulate the Savior and keep Him in mind during this Christmas season?!  I hope you'll join me. 



  1. What a touching post, Nancy! Thank you for sharing it with us...count me in! I'm sharing it with the kids too. During this season of long lists and much to do, this is a beautiful way to show the love of Christ each day and keep him at the top of those lists.

    1. Thanks, Karin. For me -- I always want to serve but so often I struggle with exactly what to do, so I especially appreciate a list like this. I hope the activities bring you more joy this Christmas.

  2. I love this campaign. Watched the video on Sunday. They always put together t=such great videos to remind us what this season is all about, don't they?

    1. I love this campaign, too, Janet. I think they do an amazing job of knowing just what we need (and maybe what the world needs), and they do everything so perfectly. Those videos -- the images, the music, all of it just wonderful! (I notice, though, that I'm having trouble keeping up with the schedule, and it's only the 3rd!)


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