^^^ a picture from 2010 at the house from A Christmas Story in Cleveland, OH
i was searching the web for some easy yet challenging christmas ideas for this year. a couple of pages in the search results, i came across this blog post and was inspired so very much.
you don't have to feel obligated to do any of these challenges, but if you do, please share.
here is what she blogged about allllll the way back in 2009:
last christmas, i blogged about how my mom had sent each of her daughters a christmas package on december 1st, which included 25 of her favorite christmas stories along with 25 christmas challenges she had compiled. the idea was to read one story each day and also complete one of the simple christmas challenges until christmas day. i really loved this idea and since last december was particularly difficult for me, this little project helped me get into the true spirit of christmas. and hopefully this year i won’t be such a slacker and i’ll actually complete this list….i wanted to share the list again this year incase you’d like to join in with me in completing one challenge each day. whether you celebrate christmas or not, i think a lot of these little challenges are the perfect way to go about your day in the right way…
25 christmas challenges…
- go out of your way– befriend someone today that needs a friend and follow through to christmas
- tell someone you love them
- make a tree decoration that will remind you of Christ
- in your prayers today, give thanks for every blessing without asking for anything
- try to be as kind as possible to others today
- try not to quarrel with family members today
- do a good deed anonymously
- make goals for yourself– seal a copy in an envelope to be opened in a year
- visit someone sick or lonely or sad
- do volunteer work for some worthy cause
- do something fun for a child or younger sibling
- try to forgive someone who has wronged you, be reconciled
- make a “give list” instead of a list of gifts you’d like
- improve yourself in some way to please the savior
- quietly reflect and choose uplifting activities vs shopping
- phone or send a card to an old friend or family member
- listen to handel's messiah
- make a christmas treat for someone else
- be a calming influence today and control your temper
- accept the gift of forgiveness– pray for some weakness and ask for help in repenting of it
- look at christmas lights… where does all light come from?
- sing carols
- do something nice for someone without their knowing it was you
- be the first to say hello to people all day
- ask someone to tell you about a past Christmas
thank you so much, Naomi of Rockstar Diaries, these were beautiful and i cannot wait to do all of them.