28 Nov #LIGHTtheWORLD Initiative
Who needs one more thing to do during the busy Christmas holiday? You’re not raising your hand, are you? Haha. I wouldn’t have either had I been posed that question. But, what if this “thing” you’d be taking on would bring a little more love, a little more kindness, a little less selfishness, and a little more of whom this season is all about– Jesus Christ–into your family and the lives of those around you? Since everyone could use more of all of the above, I bet you’d be willing to make room on your hectic holiday schedule.
What is this “thing?” It’s the #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative introduced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In it’s simplest form it’s the challenge to share the light of Christ by emulating His example, in twenty-five ways over twenty-five days. Each day in December leading up to Christmas, participants act on specific Christ-like behaviors that “light the world” and ultimately bring them and those they serve closer to the reason for the season–Jesus Christ.
If your interested in joining me as I attempt to immerse my kids in the true Christmas spirit this season, start by watching this video that introduces the #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative. It’s touching, I promise. Then print off this calendar complete with multiple suggestions of how you and your family can “light the world” with your acts of service each day leading up to Christmas.
That’s it! Read through the calendar suggestions beforehand and mark what you and your family plan to do for each day so you can be prepared for the days ahead that require a little forethought and planning.
Now, I’m not a fancy person and usually don’t go beyond the functional mark in order to jazz things up. That being said, I know my kids will be more motivated to continue lighting the world if they can do something at the conclusion of each day to show they’ve done their part. So, I found twenty five Christmas lightbulb ornaments from a local craft store and if everything goes as planned (which it never does), we will
fight gather harmoniously around the Christmas tree every night to talk about how we individually lit the world that day and end the all-out brawl respectful discussion by hanging a lightbulb on the tree. Nothing fancy.
If you’d like a little more flair, a few more ideas for each day, or simply some cuter ways to participate in the #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative, I’ve rounded up some blogs of creative gals that’ve made it easy for you.
Don’t forget to inspire others by sharing ways you and yours LIGHT the WORLD with the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD. Now let’s go to it!