I am in love with this! From the moment I saw this advertised, I was on board. Service. 25 ways in 25 days. Do an act of service daily until Christmas. Light the World.
We had a Family Home Evening lesson about it a few weeks ago and we came up with our service list. We have 5 people so everyone came up with 5 service ideas. They could be anything.
Once everyone had theirs, I did some tweaking to make sure everything fit. I then prettied things up a bit and created little envelopes with scrap paper. Now our list had turned into an advent calendar.
Each morning someone opens the window and we see what our task is.
Day 1- compliment someone. Easy.
I am really excited to do these daily small acts of service. According to the conversation we had at dinner last night, when we reported on how we did, everyone was really excited to do their tasks as well.
This is the list we came up with:
1 Compliment someone
2 Make a card for a soldier
3 Give flowers to people in the store parking lot
4 Hold doors open for everyone today
5 Do a secret chore (or act of service) for a family member
6 Bring orange juice to your teacher
7 Say a prayer for others
8 Feed the birds
9 Clean/pickup trash at the park
10 Give someone a hug
11 Call a relative. Ask them about a childhood story.
12 Give treats and a note to our mail lady
13 Leave happy notes in library books
14 Write a thank you note to your primary teacher
15 Leave coins on the ground for people to find
16 Pay it forward. Go through a drive-thru line and pay for the person behind us
17 Give out candy canes
18 Take cookies to friends
19 Tape change to a vending machine
20 Write thank you note for garbage men/Bring in neighbor’s trash cans
21 Take cookies to the firestation
22 Snowflake someone’s house
23 Bring dinner to someone
24 Leave popcorn on Redbox machine
I hope your family finds ways to serve this holiday season. It really is so simple and anyone can do it.
**** As mentioned above, we came up with this list a few weeks ago. Since then, the church has released a ready-made calendar with daily themes and suggestions. It’s fabulous. Since our family worked so hard on ours, we decided to stick with it. But this one is really fabulous too. There are even daily videos corresponding with the theme. They did a great job!! You can download this here. (Scroll to the bottom and click the download link)