We are thrilled to share our latest guest blog post from Charlie over at Living Tickled. She is a mom of 2 little ones, a wife of 1, and athletic trainer. She is a lover of baking, running (in that order), laughing, Gifs, God, new adventures, being outside, and spending time with family and friends, and is just trying to navigate through life with a little happiness and positivity. A soldier in the fight against anxiety and depression, she is a believer that we can create better lives through self-love, life purpose, organized chaos, and a positive mindset. She started her blog to empower mothers to create happy, positive, and more fulfilling lives, battle their depression and anxiety, and remove some of the negative stigma surrounding mental health.
We are so appreciative that this beautiful soul decided to share her favorite holiday service-based tradition with Little Hands Can. Thank you, Charlie!
Simple Service: Light the World
by Charlie Alexander
I’m so excited that I get to write this service post at Christmas!
I love Christmas time!
I love presents, decorating, lights, eating too much holiday food and NOT feeling guilty for it (okay maybe a little guilty, but what are New Year’s resolutions for?).
Most of all….I love the feeling of love and giving in the air.
People are kinder, friendlier and more forgiving. They try to put others first. It’s a great feeling!
One of our recent family traditions is to participate in the #LighttheWorld campaign.
What is Light the World?
Light the world is a campaign that promotes love and service around the world for Christmas. You can read more about it here.
I love it because it’s a handy dandy Christmas calendar that gives ideas on how to serve others, so you can make the most out of each Christmas season. It is also accompanied with scriptures and videos. It’s very uplifting. Following the suggestions in this calendar makes it easy to feel like I’m truly contributing to the Christmas spirit in the air.
Here is this year’s calendar. It changes every year but it always starts on December 1st and ends at the new year. This year the tasks are presented in a weekly format.
Last year’s calendar included daily goals/tasks such as “do an act of service in your immediate family” and “volunteer at your local community center”.
Last year was the first year that I felt like my daughter really appreciated the idea of Christmas. She was excited for presents! She understood who Santa was and actually wanted to sit on his lap instead of run away! So I felt that last year was a good time to start a tradition of serving for Christmas, so I could teach her the true meaning of Christmas.
So we took the #LighttheWorld challenge to heart last year. We missed a few days here and there, but for the most part, we completed the daily tasks. It was fun, my daughter looked forward to each day and each new activity, and I think she learned a lot about sharing love and feeling the joy it brings. (I hope she did)
We have just started this year, so we haven’t done much yet, but I would love to share with you some of my favorite memories from last year!
Light The World Campaign 2017
One day we called a few of our local women’s shelters to find out which donations they needed most. My little girl was able to help pick out and deliver the items to the women’s shelter. This is a great service because you can learn about your local women’s services and be aware of their needs. They are always in need so you can provide assistance year-round.