Thursday, November 30, 2017

Light the World Advent Calendar

This year The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is doing another Light the World movement. I'm excited to participate again. The focus is on the teachings of Jesus Christ and how we can apply them in serving others. I decided to use the same advent that I did last year, but update it with the new prompts. The following is my post from last year, with a few updates in red:

I love advent calendars! We have several at our house, but when I saw the movement my church is making this Christmas season, I knew I needed to make another advent calendar to help myself and my family get involved. It's called #Light the World. It focuses on doing as Jesus would do. Each day there's a new challenge to help motivate us to DO something good.

This morning I stumbled across a couple free printables that gave me an idea to create an advent calendar. It's pretty easy - just print, cut, glue and find a place to hang them. It's a good thing it's easy, because the challenge starts Dec 1st! 

Light the World Advent Calendar

Begin by printing off the free printables. In order for the daily challenges to fit onto the back of the stockings I had to adjust the print size. I printed the stockings at 120% and the daily challenges at 85%. I opted to print the calendar in black and white.

Note: This year the daily challenges all fit on one sheet, you can print it at 100%, I would still print the stockings at 120%. 

Print the Light the World Calendar here. Scroll to the bottom of the downloads and you'll find "25 Ways, 25 Days Calendars" in color or black and white. These prompts just have the scripture on them.
Note: You can also find a "Leadership Calendar". This is what I am using. There are more pages because they have more detail and are larger. I am folding them to get them to fit behind the stockings.

Print the Stockings here. The download is towards the bottom of her post. You'll need to print multiple copies to have 25 stockings.

(This year's challenges look a little different, but I just don't have time to update pictures :)
Light the World Advent Calendar

 Next, cut everything out.

Light the World Advent Calendar

Then glue the calendar prompts onto the back of the stockings.

Light the World Advent Calendar

  I hung some twine on the fireplace and each day as we complete our acts of service we'll hang a stocking.

Light the World Advent Calendar
I'm always trying to figure out how to make Christmastime more meaningful for our family - to help the kids realize that it's not about the presents they want. It's about giving and serving others. Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed with big service projects, so I'm going to keep it simple and try to impact others in small but significant ways. I hope to teach my kids that they can help others. Even though they're young they can share what they have, they can be kind, and they can reach out to others. I think that participating in Light the World will help us to do this this year. Join me!

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