For the 2016 Christmas season mormon.org has announced its annual Christmas campaign. This year it is called #LIGHTtheWORLD. This campaign is a campaign of Christlike Service.
Starting on December 1st, is a worldwide day of service. Then for the remaining 24 days leading up to Christmas is a daily challenge to serve. Each day should be filled with service activities that emulate the Christlike service being performed by Jesus Christ in the #LIGHTtheWORLD video on mormon.org or theredheadedhostess.com.
As we all spread the word of this service campaign imagine how amazing this can be and how we could all individually #LIGHTtheWORLD.
I’m a wife, mom of 4 silly kiddos (10 months to 9 years), and graphic designer. I’ve been designing products, like scrapbook supplies and paper-crafting kits for a craft company since 2006. It’s a super fun job! A few years ago I decided to open an Etsy shop selling my printables too. I really love the creative freedom this has given me. So, I recently opened another shop. I make jewelry with pretty backer cards to go with them. I also have a blog, where I like to share ideas and printables.
I created a gingerbread service kit to help others serve this Christmas. It includes a brief discussion paper that families can go through and talk about how Jesus served his loved ones. As family members share ways they can serve, they can choose a gingerbread person from the kit to string on a garland. Then, they can make and decorate gingerbread cookies together. The recipe is included! Serve by sharing the cookies in a cute little cookie box with a tag.
The kit was such a blast to make! I love to do projects like this. Something I learned is that I am way better at creating gingerbread people on the computer than with frosting! I was trying to make a big smiley face and it looked like a clown. So, I tried to turn it into Santa’s beard. Big fail! My son showed me how it’s done. I loved watching my kids make special cookies for their friends and cousins. They are so thoughtful!
I designed this kit especially for families. So, it translates perfectly into a family night. However, you could easily adapt it for a youth group, primary activity, or party by making the cookies ahead of time. Provide the cookies, frosting, and little candies to decorate. The best part for most people is decorating a cookie for someone else. You could put the names of several individuals in your neighborhood into a jar and let each person pick one to make a cookie for.
Being part of this campaign has been a great reminder to me that keeping Christmas centered on Christ doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. I took a tradition that my family already has and made it more meaningful. I hope that’s what other families can do too. Sometimes we may think we need to provide the perfect Christmas for a needy family to serve at Christmastime. That’s not true! That would be amazing. But, it’s about the simple acts of love and kindness that we can each do to be a light in our own little sphere.