Remembering Christ This Christmas By Lighting ‘Em Up!

Tuesday our church’s women’s group had a Christmas party.  One of the women {who comes from a talented family of poets} read aloud a beautiful, heartfelt poem she wrote.  We were all extremely touched by this poem.  I received permission from her to share this with you.

A Birthday Wish

It’s my birthday party
Another year has passed.
The celebration grows each year
Yet I’m thought of less and less.

Just like you, I look forward
In an eager way,
To many birthday greetings
On my special day.

I do not ask for much
Wrapping paper, there’s no need.
All I want for my birthday, is
Please remember me.

I don’t need a cake
With adornments on a table,
Acceptance is what’s wanted
From the babe born in a stable.

No special song required
For me to have a smile.
Just acknowledge my existence
And talk with me awhile.

The decorations are breath taking
The lights, the star, the tree.
While merry you are making…
Please remember me.

I love the beauty of the carols
Of this special season
But “Silent Night” is my favorite.
Do you know the reason?

It’s not the shopping and the spending
It’s the kindness and charity,
That should be taught within your home
And to your family.

Gaye Willard {click on photo to go to artist’s site}

The white beard, the red coat,
Around the world in a blink.
MY beard is white, MY robe is red,
Perhaps there is a link?

Yes…St. Nick is my servant
A faithful one, is he
Symbolizing all that’s good
But please remember me.

It may be my birthday
But I gave the gift to you,
Eternal life through my sacrifice
When your earthly life is through.

Yes, it is my birthday
And I hope your gift will be
The only birthday wish I make:
Please remember me.

Written by Dana L. Dugan
Dec. 8, 2011

Isn’t this poem phenomenal?

I highlighted a stanza because I’ve been working on this in our family.  Have you heard of Booing?  Booing is a sweet service activity we have done as a family in October for Halloween {you can see what we did by clicking here.}  We put together little baskets of goodies and secretly left them on doorsteps of friends.

One Mom has taken this Booing idea to the month of December for Christmas and calls it Light ‘Em Up!  Families Light Up The Community With Kindness.  Courtney from Lil Light O’ Mine started this last year with her family and shared it on her blog.  Fortunately, many others, like me, were blown away with the idea of teaching our kids kindness and charity in a fun way during the Christmas season.  Courtney is very organized and has 100 ideas on what families can do, check lists and labels {all FREE} to help your family Light ‘Em Up!

Monday night we read over the ideas and did our first Light ‘Em Up.  It was simple…Christmas container with Christmas shaped sugar cookies we made.  I printed out the very cute labels and we were ready to share some Christmas JOY with someone.  My goal is for our family to do this at least once a week, but I plan on putting the big candy canes with the labels wrapped around them in my purse.  This way the kids can hand them out to whomever they feel inclined to surprise wherever we are.

I hope by doing these random acts of kindness our kids will catch the vision of service.  It really is the best gift we can give our Savior besides remembering Him.  We are His hands.

The Christ{mas} spirit is contagious,

Pampering Prizes!

One of the girls’ prizes was a pedicure. This was extra special because it was my 5
year old’s first time to have a pedicure. I was honestly surprised she chose it. I am sure seeing her big sister have hers done might have played a part. She is usually a little timid about getting her haircut. She sat so sweet and still. It was funny watching her little eyes observing every move the manicurist made. She giggled when they used the pumice stone, just like her Mom…it tickles! I always remind my girls that my first pedicure was after my oldest was born. It was actually the first time I got out of the house by myself after she was born. My husband treated me to it for my birthday. Ever since that time, pedicures are one of my most favorite pamperings. I envisioned a day when I could take my girls to the salon. They both deserved a special day with Mom after working diligently on their service scavenger hunts.

Service Matters,

Home Service Scavenger Hunt

Two Saturday’s ago I woke up with one of the greatest ideas to motivate my kids to WORK! I thought it was worth sharing. It was a HUGE success with my two youngest; while my oldest still moaned and complained. (that’s teenagers for ya!) I was trying to make it fun for them so they wouldn’t complain and whine. I printed out the following for each of my children:

Home Service Scavenger Hunt

1. Your Room: find 5 toys or groups of toys that you no longer play with.
2. In your bathroom: find 10 items that are trash or you no longer use.
3. Clothes: find 5 articles of clothes you no longer wear.
4. Basement: find 5 items that are yours that you don’t want anymore.
5. Garage: find 5 items that don’t belong in the garage.
6. Lawn: Fill one Walmart bag with dandelions.
7. BOX: Pack one box of your things to be moved.

I need to see these items and when you have finished you will receive a prize of your choosing. This is NOT a competition, everyone will win something upon completion.

I wrote out 3 choices of prizes for each child. For example, coupon to go to the movies, coupon for toy at store ($10 or less.) I thought it would keep the kids busy all day long while my husband and I cleaned out our basement. Instead, the youngest ones were done in about an hour! I was so happy to see my kids being happy helpers. My youngest said it was so much fun she wanted to do it the next Saturday. I hope this brings happiness to another Mom 🙂

Happy Hunting,