In 2 days we will be in December and officially on the countdown to Christmas (whaaattttt!!), and whilst that thought is a little scary, it is also rather exciting too! Christmas for us, like so many others, revolves A LOT around family, food, chocolate, gifts and lovely decorations. But we also try to make it more, and capture the spirit of the season by remembering the birth of Christ through reading the stories of the bible, singing hymns/songs, attending Christmas services, and now my favourite thing – Following his example of love for others through daily acts of service.

Christmas is a time of year that is rich in family tradition and one of these traditions for several years now, has been to carry out random acts of kindness leading up to the big day! Before it was rather sporadic, but in recent years our Church has introduced #LightTheWorld and given us 25 ways over 25 days we can light the world through service and kind acts. Each suggestion is taken from the bible and relates to the life and teachings of Jesus!

Whilst I try to be kind all year and help in both big and small ways to those who need it, I love that light the world makes me really spring into action and get things happening! It helps me focus on the needs of others and it puts things into perspective at a time of year we can get carried away and perhaps a little self absorbed!

I am a strong believer in giving and helping those whose circumstances differ and are in need of help in someway! Saying this though, lets be real… I am also a busy mum to 3 kiddies, have oodles of cleaning and stuff, blogging and other commitments. So I also find it hard with said young family, to do things daily for others when some days I am totally lost and my limit! With this in mind, I have tried to be uber organised so that I don’t have that as my excuse or reason. I want to help others at Christmas time and show our love and appreciation too, and I want my kids to learn early to think of others too. And so I planned ahead, started weeks ago with our reverse advent box for the food bank (December 1st) and since that it has all just come together!

So here is a sneaky peak of our ideas to #LightTheWorld in December 2017 (we are also collecting walking boots and thermal socks for the refugees in Calais who have trench foot/are at risk of it, along side this!). I have contacted the necessary charities and organisations, and I am hoping others will jump on board too!

Last year we thoroughly enjoyed the days we joined in. From donating gifts and helping to sort at the refugee centre, to making dinner for some fellow church members we knew were having a hard time. We baked treats and delivered them and we donated food too. Whilst I am sure this was helpful to those we served, the blessing of joy and lessons we learnt were great for our family! And so we are choosing to #LightTheWorld again this December to celebrate the birth of Christ. I look forward to the people we will meet, the friendships we will build and the lessons we will learn. I hope it ignites kindness and thoughtfulness in my kids as they help too, and that it will make a season that can be hard for us, one of light and Joy!

You of course don’t need to be LDS/Mormon to join in! #LightTheWorld is an opportunity for us all to bring peace and kindness to others; be that in our families, our neighbourhoods or even our wider communities and the world! If you live near me then come and donate to these great causes too. If you want me to elaborate then leave me a comment, but really whatever you can do – do it!Then snap a picture and # it “LightTheWorld” … share the love as we light the world together for others one day at a time.

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As a Mormon the focus of our Christmas (and yes we do celebrate it) is Jesus Christ and his birth. We love to buy gifts, give gifts, receive gifts and eat lots of food like everyone else. We attend nativities, carol concerts and we enjoy oodles of chocolate whilst watching many a Christmas movie. We decorate our home with baubles, lights, bunting and a tree, and talk often about Santa! Its no different to anyone else except that we don’t drink wine (mulled or otherwise) and alcohol in general (makes for a cheap day), and we also try very hard to remember the birth of Christ, remember the reason for the season and try to do things that will focus our December on what its really all about.

I am content now with how we chose to do gifts for our kids and so every year on the run up to Christmas I am always so determined to get my shopping done by the beginning of December, so that the rest of the month can be spent doing Christmas activities and random acts of kindness. I usually know what I want to get people, so then the shopping side hopefully doesn’t take long, so that then the idea is that I can spend the remainder of my “free time” trawling Pinterest looking for things we can do as family to not only feel the spirit of Christmas, but to bring it to others also in some kind of advent calendar throughout the month!

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This week I was overjoyed to see a new video released by my church called #LightTheWorld – an invitation for all people everywgere to be a light to others this December by serving people in our families and wider communities. It is an opportunity to not just learn of Jesus’ birth this Christmas, but learn who he was by following him and doing good.

I love it because it is everything I love to do at Christmas, but it is also an opportunity to join together from all faiths, backgrounds and life to do good during December!

It begins on the 1st with a world service day, and then you can follow the invitation to do 25 things over the 25 days… using the hashtag lightTheWorld to share how you are lighting peoples lives around you and connect with others worldwide doing the same. It could be everything they suggest in the link above, or things as simple as making time to read to your child instead of making excuses. Baking for a friend, calling instead of a text, or it could be bigger like helping the homeless or refugees. You may want to donate to charity, buy someone a meal, drop an anonymous love note through someones door… its just about remembering that this Christmas we can give the gift of us to light up the world with kindness and joy.

I recognise not all believe what I do or even in the same way, and that is totally fine. This isn’t a post to push my beliefs or debate religion. Rather it is sharing something we have always felt to do in December but this time on a wider scale. It is sharing something I absolutely love and think is a great idea for December; to come together and for 25 days create more love and kindness in the world… make it a brighter place and together remember that we can make a little difference somewhere and light it up for someone. For our family personally it is motivated by a desire to feel closer to our Lord, to Follow his example and to think more on that aspect of Christmas, but for you it might simply be because you want to give more than you get, and you want to spread Joy!

This to me is what Christmas is; looking around and giving to those who need more that day than we do and helping them feel loved. Its lifting them up and brightening their lives – all be it for a moment. I am excited to not just do it within our family, but with like minded people throughout the world… I really hope together we can #LightTheWorld this December!

This is not a sponsored post it is just something I am passionate about! 

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