Nov
21

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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.

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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19 Responses to “25 days of service”

  1. Tonya Lee

    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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  2. Nat

    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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  3. Amy Meara

    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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  4. Steph Pittman

    Great idea. With a teenager I.want her to start doing
    service projects. What a great way to.start.

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  5. Sylvia Rivera

    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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  6. Liz B.

    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

      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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    • Jamielyn

      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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