Month: December 2015

Christmas Decoration Apprecation

Hi there, friends! I apologize for the two week gap in writing. I have been very busy, as I’m sure you all have. This is a wonderful time of year, but SO busy! I hope your holiday season is a beautiful one.

Lately, my kids and I have found ourselves taking the long way home when we’re driving in the evening. They LOVE looking at all of the Christmas lights and decorations in our neighborhood – and so do I! I am so grateful for those who take the time (and the money) to make the neighborhood look beautiful. So this week, we are going to repeat one of our challenges from last year: we are going to tell our neighbors thank you!

Thank you treat

It’s pretty simple: just print off our free printable tags (or make your own cards and tags). Attach a treat of some kind. And then drive around your neighborhood, looking for beautiful decorations! You can doorbell ditch the thank-you note (that’s what we did last year, and my kids LOVED it). You can leave it in a mailbox. Or you can knock on a door and meet a new neighbor. How you choose to do it us up to you; just take a few minutes to say thank you. I am willing to bet most people do not expect any thanks, but will probably be delighted to get a small token of appreciation. Because we ALL like to be appreciated, don’t we? So go out and make your neighborhood a little bit happier tonight!

Christmas decoration challenge

Giving Gifts that Make a Difference

It’s that time of year again. So many fun things are going on: Christmas lights, holiday parties, baking days, spending time with loved ones, standing in endless lines to check out at the store to buy gifts that you’re not sure if people will even want.

I love it all!

Well … except for maybe that last part.

Changing lives with your holiday gift budget

I really love gifts (I enjoy receiving them, and I LOVE giving them)… but have you ever sat down to make your Christmas shopping list and just been tired of all of the STUFF? I sure have. So this year, as you’re preparing to shop, I’d like to encourage you to think outside the box a little and to look at Christmas shopping a different way. Let’s shop with purpose this year. Let’s let those dollars in our Christmas budget count.

This week, will you join me in my simple service project? Just take a moment to look at your holiday gift budget, then consider this: is there anyone you’re shopping for who really doesn’t need STUFF? Or is there anyone on your list who would love to receive a gift, knowing that the person who made that gift is being given the opportunity for a better life?

If the answer to that is yes … or even just maybe … join me this week in using those holiday dollars to change lives. Come see the work of The Mercy House, Compassion International, and many more, and see if you get any ideas. And then come back and share your thoughts with us!