A couple months ago I was asked to come up with an idea for the upcoming #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas Initiative for Mormon.org. I absolutely loved the theme, but I also knew how crazy busy the month of December can be, so I decided to create something easy, but that could also make a big impact on your family and those around you. After much thought, and talking with family members, I finally came up with my Christmas Service Cards.
I really do love the advents, and the ’12 Days of Christmas’ activities, but to be honest after a few days we get busy and stop doing it (at least in our home that’s what happens). I wanted to spread Christmas cheer, but I wanted it simple and something that you could do last minute or randomly.
That’s when I thought of creating some ‘pass-along’ type cards that you could carry with you in your purse, wallet, back-pack, etc. and leave or pass out when you feel the need. You can pass out these cards as-is OR you could attach them to a gift or treat.
For instance, this morning I had to run to the grocery store. As I was paying for my big bag of flour, I grabbed a card from my wallet and handed it to the cashier. I wished her a Merry Christmas and left. I had a busy morning planned, and knew I didn’t have much time to eat, so I decided to go grab something through a drive-thru. I pulled up to the window and asked the attendant if I could pay for the person behind me. I then handed her two cards and asked her to give one to the person that I just payed for.
Those are just 2 examples of many possibilities that you could use the cards for. You could attach the card to a candy cane or bag of hot cocoa and leave on a windshield. How about placing $2 and a card in a Redbox movie, or leaving one in a book that you return to the library. Instead of just handing one single card out, why not hand out a stack of these cards tied with some cute string, and encourage the person to hand them out.
There are so many different ways that you could hand these cards out, and how neat would it be to one day be somewhere and someone hand you one of these cards!
If you’d like to view or print my Christmas Service Cards, just click on the link at the bottom of this post. There are 3 pages (2 sheets of cards & one with card backs). I print mine onto cardstock to help them be a little more durable, but you could print them onto normal paper and use them as tags.
Christmas Service Stars
As I thought more and more about my Christmas Service Cards I began to get really excited about using them, but I wanted a way to track all the acts of service that we did. My husband and I thought it would be really neat, and encouraging, to create an ornament where we could write down the acts of service that we did and then hang it on the tree. Since the theme for this year’s initiative is #LIGHTtheWORLD, I thought a star or a Service Star is what I’m calling it, would be very fitting. Throughout the month, you and your family will add stars each day, and by Christmas your tree can/will be full of beautiful Service Stars.
Here is what I was thinking…each night, at dinner-time (or any other time or once a week) hand out slips of paper or an ornament, and have everyone write down a favorite experience that they had during the day or a favorite person they handed a card to. You would then hand those acts of service on your tree.
I never made my service stars, but the amazing Maria from MeckMom just shared the cutest Service Stars that would be PERFECT for this! Here is a picture from her post:
When I was looking for origami stars I was thinking of just a single star, but I love that Maria glued two 4 point stars together that allows you to add a little slip of paper inside. So cute! Click on this link to visit MeckMom and watch her super easy tutorial to make your very own Service Stars.
Maria also shared a great service idea that she is using her stars for that you could do, HERE. I got to meet Maria at the online influencer meet-up for the campaign, what an amazing and sweet woman she is. Thank you, Maria for sharing these beautiful stars.
If the service stars seem too time consuming or you just don’t have the time, no worries! Collette, from My Computer Is My Canvas, has created the best printables to help you track acts of service, and they go perfectly with my Christmas Service cards.
In Collette’s kit you will find a sheet of her cute “Service and Kindness Strips” that you can print out, cut out, and then write your acts of service on. To make them even cuter, curl them using a pencil. Then place your strips into a large jar. On Christmas Eve, take your jar filled with Service strips, and place it under the tree as your gift for the Savior. Then on Christmas morning, you could take a few strips out and read them and ask what everyone’s favorite act of service was.
Collette has shared everything you see pictured above, as well as a great outline that you could use for your family. You can visit My Computer Is My Canvas, HERE!
I am so very grateful that Maria and Collette have been kind enough to share their ideas. Are you getting excited about #LIGHTtheWORLD? Have you made a plan or still looking for ideas? Don’t feel the need to do a huge act of service, small acts of service are just as important and can have a huge impact. I hope my cards and these great service tracking ideas can help you serve others. If you’d like to use my Christmas Service Cards, just print using the link below! I am planning on making more, but I wanted to get these out, so you could start using them. 😉 I will add a link as I finish the rest of my cards. And if you have a quote that you would like to see on a card, leave me a comment letting me know.
I hope you enjoy my #LIGHTtheWORLD service idea, and are able to use it to serve others. If you do, snap a picture and tag me either on Facebook or Instagram. I would LOVE to see what acts of service you do. And be sure to use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD and help spread the message. How are you lighting the world this December? Need some ideas, you can visit Mormon.org to see what ideas they have, and you can also download THIS great calendar. And my friend, Emilie, over at A Year of FHE has a great calendar for kids that you can find, HERE!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas!