For the last few years members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have spent the month of December lighting the world by serving others. These last few years my family has hung special ornaments on the tree for each act of service we did as a way to keep track of all the service we had done during the month. The last couple of years we have created Service Stars by folding and gluing beautiful Christmas paper, you can see them here. This year I decided to have my amazing niece help me create some beautiful ornaments that are easy to print and cut, and perfect for families with young and older children.
As you may know, this year the church is not doing a daily calendar, but instead a weekly theme. With the theme in mind, I went and created four shapes to represent each weekly theme. I then emailed my niece my blank ornaments and she got to work doing her doodling magic to create these amazing ornaments!
There are 4 sheets of ornaments that my niece hand-drew. She chose words from the Church’s Light the World calendar to create her ornaments. I think they turned out AMAZING!
HOW TO USE THE LIGHT THE WORLD ORNAMENTS
You could use these however you would like, but here is how I plan on using these adorable Light the World Ornaments for my family.
First, print out the blank ornaments (you’ll probably want to do more than just the 4 pages). Cut them out and then place them on a string with mini clothespins, in a basket, or in a box under the tree.
Sit down with your family and go over the Light the World calendar. Have them think of ways they can participate each week and have them write them down.
At the beginning of each week, show your family the video for that week (there are four videos on mormon.org for each weekly theme). Then show your family the ornament for that week. The circle ornaments are for week 1: Light the World; the mitten ornaments are for week 2: Light Your Community; the heart ornaments are for week 3: Light Your Family; and the star ornaments are for week 4: Light Your Faith.
Explain that each time they do an act of service they will receive an ornament to color and hang on the tree (you could also create a banner with the ornaments or place them on a bulletin board in your home). I am also going to have my children write their act of service on the back (I’ll explain why we do this in just a minute).
I love this simple idea, and instead of me doing all the cutting and gluing to make my service stars, my children will be able to color their very own ornament and reflect on how they were able to Light the World!
On Christmas Morning, before opening presents, we like to take a few of our special ornaments off the Christmas tree and read some of the ways we were able to Light the World during the month. We tell our children that the acts of service they performed is our gift to our Savior. Then we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. It’s a tradition of my husband’s family.
ANOTHER WAY TO USE MY LIGHT THE WORLD ORNAMENTS
You could print these out and give them to your Young Women and encourage them to find ways to Light the World this Christmas. Place a bulletin board in the Young Women room, and invite them to color their ornaments and place them on the bulletin board each week (or make a cute banner with them).
If you would like to use my Light the World ornaments, just click the link below! I also added a planning sheet to help you plan how you will Light the World.
WAYS TO LIGHT THE WORLD
Need some ideas to help you and your family light the world this December? Here are a few ideas and printables I have shared over the last couple years.
Christmas Service Cards
One of our favorites is handing out my Christmas Service Cards to people in our town. We attach them to bags of candy, homemade treats, bags of quarters (for the laundromat), give them to cashiers.There are so many ways to use these cards! You can find my cards, and other printables, HERE!
Caroling Activity and Printables
Christmas Caroling is a popular activity to do during the Christmas season, and is a great way to Light Your Community. I shared some printables to help you plan the perfect caroling activity! You can view this idea, HERE!
4 Weeks to Let Him In
This is another great idea to Light Your Community. It is similar to “12 Days of Christmas” or “Secret Santa” but with a Christ-centered theme. I have created instructions and printables to make planning this great activity. It is sure to be a family favorite. You can view this idea, HERE!
Random Acts of Kindness Cards
Natalie just shared these adorable Random Acts of Kindness Cards last week. These are a great way to Light Your Family. You can view this idea and printables, HERE.
Light the World Ideas from Friends
There are other amazing bloggers who have taken time to share some amazing Light the World ideas and printables. Click the link(s) below to see what they have shared, and how they are planning to Light the World this December!
I hope you enjoy my Light the World Ornaments, and find them helpful as you Light the World this Christmas season. I would love to hear how you plan to Light the World, so leave me a comment and let me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to share my ideas and printable with all of you. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas!
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