25 days of service

I can’t believe the Crazy Christmas Event is already over. Don’t worry… I’m sure I’ll be sharing more projects with you. ;) There has been so many wonderful ideas shared. I’ll be doing a round up very soon.

This year for our “Christmas count down,” we decided as a family to do something a little different. We will be doing 25 days of service. Now that my kids are getting older I really want them to understand the true meaning of Christmas. I want them to know and recognize why we celebrate this holiday. The other day my son asked when Santa was bringing him presents and it was then I knew I needed to teach him more about the true meaning of Christmas.

This year for our advent we will be doing an act of service each day. I am so excited to start this tradition!

 

25 days of service

I wanted a fun way to display the “countdown,” so I used the Silhouette advent calendar (which BTW will be 40% off on Black Friday w/ code NAPTIME)  to display each day of service. You could also make this very simple and inexpensive by sticking the pieces of paper in a jar.

Instructions: 

1. The first thing I did was cut my fabric and hot glued it to the back of the frame. It doesn’t have to be perfect… no one will see it. ;)

2. Then I cut out my desired images with my CAMEO (which will also be on sale w/ code NAPTIME on Black Friday). I used the free downloads that came with the advent calendar.

3. Then I glued the sides together to create an envelope for the pieces of paper.

4. Next I printed out all of my paper and cut them in strips.  You can use my 25 days of service found HERE or come up with your own. It doesn’t have to be something huge… simple acts of kindness make all the difference. I found a lot of my ideas on randomactsofkindness.org.

5. Last I folded my papers and stuck them in each envelope.

I didn’t number my days, because I thought it would be fun to randomly pick different papers. I’m really excited to start this tradition with my family. Hopefully it will inspire you to start this tradition too. You could even do the “12 days of Christmas” or dedicate a weekend this December.

I hope this Christmas season, we may follow in His footsteps and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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  1. Chrissy Boerman posted on November 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm (#
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    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on November 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm (#
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    I SO love this idea! What a great way to get into the true spirit of Christmas. I think you may have inspired me!

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  3. Tash @ The Velvet Moon Baker posted on November 22, 2012 at 2:19 am (#
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    this is such a good idea! teaching ure kids that its fun to help others is great. i think i’ll be doing this when my toddler is a little older

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  4. Eva Scott posted on November 22, 2012 at 4:43 am (#
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    That’s a really nice idea and came out so pretty

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  5. secret mom thoughts posted on November 22, 2012 at 8:16 am (#
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    This is a great idea. I’m definitely using some of the service ideas.

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  6. Tonya Lee posted on November 23, 2012 at 6:38 am (#
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    What a precious idea! I’m going to use this idea instead of our traditional, candy-filled Advent calendar. Would you please oh please share your 25 service ideas? I’d love some help with coming up with 25 of those! :)

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  7. Becky posted on November 24, 2012 at 11:55 am (#
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    A positive way to give back during the holidays! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Nat posted on November 27, 2012 at 5:57 am (#
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    Okay, I just gave a talk on service and charity on Sunday! I didn’t even see this before then, but I thought I had the “genius” idea of making a service advent calendar! I started mine last night and now see this! Too funny! :) Awesome!

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  9. Amy Meara posted on November 28, 2012 at 9:07 am (#
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    What a great idea. Since we already have a couple advent calenders, I’ve decided to put random acts of kindness in a jar for each of my sons to pick before/after pinning up the ornament OR opening the Lego box on the advent calenders. Will definitely put a stronger feeling of Christmas in our hearts!

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  10. Steph Pittman posted on November 29, 2012 at 7:42 am (#
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    Great idea. With a teenager I.want her to start doing
    service projects. What a great way to.start.

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  11. Sylvia Rivera posted on November 30, 2012 at 7:33 am (#
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    I enjoyed reading this post, especially making this service calendar. My children are all grown up, but I want to share this love of service with my grand kids. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Happy Holidays to all.

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  12. Liz B. posted on October 27, 2013 at 11:55 am (#
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    This is such a great idea, and yours turned out so cute! I can’t get the link to the 25 acts of service that you did though. Do you mind re-linking or re-posting that please? Thanks so much!

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    • Jamielyn replied on November 4th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Liz! I don’t have a link directly to my 25 acts of service, but I got most of my ideas on randomactsofkindness.org! Hope that helps! :)

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  13. Lindsey Petty posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm (#
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    I love this so much!! Thank you for this awesome idea!

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    • Jamielyn replied on December 16th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      It has been such a great tradition in my family! I hope yours enjoys it as well! :)

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  14. kelly gaddy posted on December 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm (#
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    Do you sell these already put together with the exception of the services that I could type up? I would love to buy three if so!!!

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    • Jamielyn replied on December 7th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      I don’t sell them Kelly, but I have a link to a list of service ideas that you can get ideas from! :)

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  15. Melissa posted on January 7, 2014 at 3:41 pm (#
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    How did you make that frame with the wire? Where did you get the clips?

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 9th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Melissa! I actually bought it from the Silouette store, but I have seen the wire and clips at Hobby Lobby so you could definitely make your own! :)

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