We had the most wonderful Thanksgiving, I hope you all did too! We visited my husband’s family in Utah and had the BEST time. We played in the snow, did some crafts, and had a delicious Thanksgiving feast thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law. Casey and I, along with his brother and sister-in-law, somehow got away with seeing 3 movies in the theater, 3 nights in a row, after the kids were in bed and the grandparents stayed to watch them. It was amazing (and exhausting). There are just too many good movies out right now, amiright? I am pretty lucky to have the in-laws I do. Their view isn’t half bad either! This was my first real test run shooting with my new Nikon d750 and Sigma 50mm art lens; I am loving it so far.
As enjoyable as Thanksgiving was, the stress of Christmas always hits me the day after. I immediately start thinking about everything that needs to be done in the next month and I feel overwhelmed.
Luckily, every year at Christmastime, my Church does something incredible to remind us what this season is really about. This year is no exception. The worldwide initiative to #LighttheWorld is inspiring and beautiful. It’s all about serving others the way Christ did, and the way He showed us how. Take a moment to watch the video and then download the 25 days Advent Calendar as a reminder to do simple acts of service each day in December! I’ve hung mine up and can’t wait to get started.
For family night, we showed the video to the kids and then asked them how they would like to serve others this month. Here are 10 ideas they came up with all on their own (honest!):
- Bring treats to our neighbors.
- Donate toys we don’t need anymore.
- Invite a friend over for dinner.
- Draw pictures and send letters to grandparents, cousins, teachers, and missionaries.
- Pick up trash and litter.
- Read books to each other.
- Help mommy clean.
- Be extra kind.
- Pray for people who need help or who are sick.
I can’t wait to see how this changes the tone of our Christmas season. I hope your family would like to join in and help make the world a little bit brighter this holiday season!