Hello! It's hard to believe it's the last day of November, but here we are! I'm not as far along as I thought I'd be with my Christmas preparations right now...(thanks to a mean stomach bug that hit early Tuesday morning). But I'm on the uphill mend, so I'm not going to complain about such a small setback to my plans.
The fall season with it's unrivaled beauty and emphasis on thanksgiving is always my favorite time of year; it leads naturally into the Christmas season where we concentrate on lighting our homes and our lives and the lives of our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and community members.
Each year I write a special Christmas post for the blog (which I will do again
this year), but I'm excited to share some wonderful ideas with you now at the beginning of the season that you and your friends and family will be able to use throughout this Christmas-time to serve and bring more light into the world.
I know that sometimes amid the decorating and gift-making and shopping I feel a little overwhelmed and discouraged at times, thinking that my gifts aren't good enough. It is during those times that I need to remember that this season is truly about giving, bringing light and love and friendship and compassion to the world. And more than that, I need to remember that we can do these things in such simple ways: by giving a smile, by saying kind words, by being a peacemaker with those around us...and the list goes on and on.
So while I'm decorating the house and the tree and finishing up last minute gifts, I'm also going to be participating in the #LIGHTtheWORLD activities as much as I can.
You can watch the informational #LIGHTtheWORLD video below, and go here to see more videos and to find out more about all of the ways you can help #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas season. I feel like this is such a great opportunity for people of all faiths from all over the world to unite in making our world a better place.
And there is also a wonderful "In 25 Ways over 25 Days" Advent Calendar you can download and print here. For each of the first 25 days of December this Advent calendar helps you to focus on a different Christ-like behavior and provides suggestions you can implement into your daily life. The program begins tomorrow, December 1st with a worldwide day of service event and follows with topics like feeding the hungry, praying for others, visiting the lonely, showing compassion, showing gratitude, and being a Peacemaker.
While I'm hoping to do some small thing each day for every category, I've decided being a Peacemaker is the topic I'm going to concentrate on all season long. It's so easy to give a smile to a stranger, to respond kindly to a store clerk or customer, or even to have patience when driving in the holiday traffic. One of the ideas on the Advent calendar for this topic is to say nice things behind people's backs...I've also thought about calling each of my kids and mentioning good things their siblings are doing that they might not know about.
With these wonderfully simple and simply wonderful ideas I'm hoping to make this my best Christmas season ever!
Thanks so much for stopping by!