Light ‘Em Up 2013

light-em-up_logo_new-urlToday is the day! You can get all of the FREE, printable resources today.  I want you to know the 2013 goal upfront. What is new? What is exciting? Here it is.

2013 Goal:

100 GROUPS in 100 cities to light up others with kindness.

I think we can easily do that. Last year, we found there was strength in numbers. Band together and build memories as a group. Be sure to comment at the end (include City, ST).



What is a Light ‘Em Up GROUP?

  • If your family grabs two neighbors (and their kids) and you feed the homeless one weekends – that’s a Light ‘Em Up group.
  • If you lead a small group of kids at church and you challenge them to do one act of kindness in December – that’s a Light ‘Em Up group.
  • If you are a teacher and you have your kids pick up trash in the classroom for one another – that’s a group.
  • If you are a mom of toddlers, and you schedule a playdate, and those angels color the NEW coloring sheets for servants in your community – that’s a Light ‘Em Up group.
  • If your small group or connect group skips “studying” one week – and you hit the community to love, give or serve – that’s a Light’ Em Up group.
  • If you are a group of at least three adults and a group of kids – and you’re doing something to GIVE or SERVE your community – that’s a Light ‘Em Up group.

The options are endless. If you are new, you can start with the BACK STORY here. Or, the ORIGINAL post here. Please note the first two years were done on my first site (before updated) so you won’t see all the comments or thousands of pins/shares that was so fun to watch it spread.


Let’s get started.

The purpose of Light ‘Em Up is for our kids to experience generosity in a way that strikes the depths of their heart. So, they will see Christmas is always about GIVING over GETTING. Light ‘Em up shows children of every age that they can be used to impact others.




STEP 1. Family Planning Guide

It is imperative you get them involved in the plan. So, plan a night to get their input. Hot chocolate and reindeer head gear optional. DOWNLOAD FAMILY PLANNING GUIDE HERE.


Light Em Up Planning Doc 2013

Step 2. Print the Ideas

There are over 100 ideas and that doesn’t include the fantastic ideas you will dream up! Circle your favorites, cut them up, place in advent system, or put in jar and choose one each day. Or, simply pick ONE and go big. DOWNLOAD 100 IDEAS

Light Em Up 100 Ideas 2013


I am soooooo tickled and honored that my favorite children’s author, Marianne Richmond, generously gave her talent to Light ‘Em Up this year. Her books truly touch my heart. I told her that I wanted the tiniest tots to know they were impacting lives. My girls have always loved their “art” and it means something to them. So, these sheets are precious. They can color and give to people that serve your family. DOWNLOAD SHEETS: Thanks Tree, Love Ornament, Merry Christmas





Step 4. Logo Sheets

Several of you asked for the logo to use for your projects and parties. One amazing mom (Chrystal) had a Christmas party last year and put the logos on jars. Tied this “no guilt pledge” on the side and put the 100 ideas in the jars as their gift. They could also be a fun hostess gift for any Christmas parties you attend.  DOWNLOAD LOGOS



Step 5. Gift Tags

These are AWESOME! You can tie them onto ANYTHING. A candy cane. A  homemade bag of cookies. They say what your heart wants to say to the garbage men, your bank teller, your church volunteer, your pastor, etc.


It is hard for our little ones to say it all. They can hand it with a huge smile and a “thank you.” Trust me – when you walk away and those folks read these notes. It is super touching. DOWNLOAD GIFT TAGS

Light Em Up Gift Tags 2013

Step 6. Share. Share. Share.

I hear your heart about not being “showy” and giving in secret. Please read yesterday’s post. The truth is – when you share how your kids are being impacted through generosity – it causes others to act. We’d love to see your stories, your photos:



  • #LIGHTEMUP13 – on Instagram and Twitter 
  • Facebook – Like the Lil Light O’ Mine page and post away. Stories, photos – anything that’s working for your family. I want to celebrate your kids! I’ll compile them into an album.
  • Pin Away! When you share THIS POST, your friends notice. And they want to join the fun. So, pin, tweet, insta – whatever suits your fancy. Invite your crew to join the #lightemup13 party.
  • Email – Send me your stories and photos if you’d like to remain anonymous at info(at)lillightomine(dot)com

NOTE: The above images/documents just show the FIRST PAGE – so click DOWNLOAD to get full docs under each point.



100 Groups in 100 cities. Let’s do this.


Tell me your CITY, ST below if you are IN!

WOOOHOOOO!!! Light.Em.Up. #lightemup13


In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Courtney About Courtney

Courtney DeFeo is the founder of this blog and believes our kids can light up the world. As a former marketing professional, she lives in a constant brainstorm with herself and suspects it’s the route of her migraines. She wants her little light to shine so that her family knows Jesus intimately and others might see His love in the process. She is the creator of ABC Scripture Cards, Light ‘Em Up and author of In This House, We Will Giggle (Fall '14). Her house is a wreck and she hates to cook. She adores her hot, patient husband. Connect with Courtney anytime: TwitterWebsiteFacebookInstagram

  • amanda jones

    Starting tomorrow with my daughter’s Brownie troop. 8 precious 8 yo. And myself and best friend/Co leader – we are beginning work on their ” philanthropy” badge … I thought light em up would be an awesome way to do the work. Can’t wait to brainstorm with these girls. We already have a field trip planned to stock our church’s food pantry and collect coats for a local group here… Off yo a good start!!! :) granger, IN

  • Kendra Taylor Krezanosky

    We’re in…again! This will be our third Christmas to Light ‘Em Up. Can’t wait!!! Katy, TX

  • Bernadette

    We will definitely be doing this! Awesome idea. I have 5 children of my own so that should give us a good place to start. :) Will update as happening.

  • Melissa Hammel

    This will be me and my four daughters second year. Last year was amazing in every way and was the absolute highlight of our Christmas! Count us in for round two!!! :) So excited! Calera, Ok.

  • JLM ChristianAcademy

    We’re in for year #2…Omaha, NE!

  • Julie

    We’re TOTALLY IN!!! New Cumberland, PA represents ;) So excited for this again this year. We has so much fun making others happy last year…we didn’t even see them happy, but knew they would be! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Cami

    We’re in! Love this! Atlanta, GA

  • Kristin March

    We are in up in Atlanta :) We did it last year, it is was a great way to make the Christmas season more meaningful for others as well as our family. Our kids loved making others feel valued and loved! Showing God’s love in 2013 Light Em Up!

  • Jennifer Randolph

    I’m soooo excited to share this with my kids and I know they will be excited to participate!!! We are in Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia!!

  • rgreatlyloved

    This will be our first year! We are so excited as a family to find even more ways to spread the joy of the season. Eugene, OR

  • Katya

    Excited to start a new tradition this year! Quakertown, PA

  • Brittany Nelson Parrott

    2nd year for my fam..1st year as a group! Prattville, Alabama

  • Traci Lavelle

    We started last year and haven’t stopped! This holiday season is going to be so much fun! Marietta, GA

  • Holly

    My family is in! Winston Salem, NC and love the Christmas Party idea. Thank you for all the great resources!

  • Jennifer Sharp

    Definitely doing this again this year, my son learned the true spirit of giving to others last year and I can’t wait to do it again! LaGrange, KY

  • Tracie Shafer

    My family is in!!! Nashville, TN.

  • Haley Hill Pilgrim

    We are SO in! Birmingham, AL! :)

  • BB Adams

    This will be our second year as a family of Light Em Up … Although we never stopped since last Fall! I tell anyone who will listen about it! So much so, my daughters’s 3rd grade Girls Scout Troop will be assembling Light Em Up goodies at their meeting tomorrow. And, my MOMS Group at our church will be doing the same at our annual Thanksgiving Family Potluck. I am so excited to have our little minions of kindness go out into our community! Thank you for all your work, your endless enthusiasm and inspiration! Aurora, OH

  • Christa

    Dollar Bay, MI – we’re IN!!!!!

  • April Bearden

    Thank you for sharing this with all of us! Our Homeschool Co-Op Group is IN! Gadsden, Alabama.

  • Nicole Shellhorn

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your wonderful ideas! This is our third year doing this (second with Light ‘Em Up) and we are all SUPER EXCITED to get started! Nothing better than spreading some joy! Canal Fulton, Ohio

  • Jenny Kocher

    Terre Haute, IN – this is our families 2nd year doing this and we have our church involved this year with our Advent Celebration during the month of December. I can’t wait to see how this spreads in our town!!

  • Sarah Hurst

    Our second year as a family and first year to share with families at the toddler group our church runs as well as church moms – so IN, feel it wouldn’t be Christmas without it already! Bromley, London, UK

  • Kristie McWilliams Oliver

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas and for sharing your work. We are IN this year! Spartanburg, SC

  • acarbonatto

    I’m so excited to start this! It will be our first year as a family, and my mom’s of toddlers growth group! Bothell, WA will def be on board to #lightemup13!!!

  • Hannah G. Martin

    The Martins are in! :) We are in Homewood, AL…thanks for the inspiration!

  • Martha Manley

    Totally in with my student council kids! Instead of a “semester exam” we’re going caroling at a couple of retirement homes. Win-win! Vestavia, AL

  • becky cunningham

    We are in TWO ways. May Daughter’s First grade Teacher and her class are doing this in their classroom this year (Brunswick, OH). My family, Friends & Neighbors are also in (Brunswick, Ohio –near Cleveland) !!!!!

  • Amy Corcoran Catalogna

    We are in — Framingham, MA! My son and I suggested to his religious education coordinator the idea of gathering items for shoeboxes to send to Operation Christmas Child. So we are spearheading that, but will also be doing other things in December! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Vicki Lynn Tromburg

    My kiddos and I and some friends will be doing our best to “light up” Rawlins, WY! :)

  • Michelle

    I found out about Light Em Up after the holidays last year…so I am soooooo looking forward to participating this year in Herkimer, NY!

  • Whitney

    We are giving jars to all the families that attend our children’s ministry Christmas celebration at our church! We can’t wait to Light em Up in Huntsville, Al!

  • Paige Estes

    I’m so excited! This is my first year and we are working our Financial Peace Plan, but I’m definitely downloading the super cute candy cane tags and spreading those everywhere! Candy canes from the dollar store. The whole point is to get my family focused on others. Church, Volunteer Firehouse, and local town Police Department. I pray my boys will be excited too! Thanks for all the resources to make this super easy on some of us craft challenged mamas! Light ‘Em Up in Ashland, Virginia

  • Beth Tomblin

    Yay! We are having our 2nd annual Light ‘em Up event at our church. I am so excited to share this movement with our church family in Sebring, Fl!

  • Ashley Nolan

    Such as-duh we’re in! ATL!!!

  • shannon

    I’m in! Can’t wait to get started right here in Orlando, FL! :)

  • Kimberly Miller Scott

    Our family is in, and I can’t wait to share this with others! Homewood, AL

  • Brooke Montgomery Cassinelli

    We’re in…. Meridian, Idaho! :)

  • Ruth Grigson

    My family and my business are going to get involved. I have some ideas… I am thinking I’ll have the lists and gift tags handy at the shop and offer them to our community. Let’s see how many people we can get on board! In Barrington, IL :)

  • Jennie Connor Councill

    Gastonia NC is in! I just sent the msg out today and we have 11 moms in so far! Can’t wait

  • Jenni Phelan

    Franklin Wi is in! :)

  • Kim Abati-Baer

    Ocoee, FL is in! We have 10 moms and I think 30 kids. We can’t wait to get started. Baer Cubs in action

  • Brandi Saunders

    We’re in….Athens, GA

  • Heather Powell

    We’re in!!! Somerset, KY

  • Laura Roberts

    Lighting up our new town of Venetia, PA. We just moved south of Pittsburgh this summer. Hoping to get my MOPS groups and/or Moms In Prayer groups on board along with my 3 girls, of course! Thank you for your blog and ministry and all the Light ‘Em Up resources!!!

  • Karla M.

    Elkridge, MD :)

  • Halverstadt Family

    The Halverstadt Family ~ Milligan Nebraska

  • Marianne Gray

    We are in! We loved doing it so much last year as a family and people we lit up still mention how much it meant to them! We have been compiling ideas for this year and are so excited already! Thank you so very much for organizing this movement and providing such awesome ideas and resources. The Gray Family–Dublin, Ohio (Columbus)

    • Guest

      Count us in! Having our family meeting this weekend to plan some things out. Thank you for this wonderful idea…just found your page today.

      ~West Seneca, NY

  • Jennifer Murphree

    Love this! We’re in! Farmington, MN

  • Anna J

    Just came across this and can’t wait to get started with our family!!! We are definitely in from Fort Worth, TX!!!

  • Patty Rose

    Our family is in! Dayton, Ohio!

  • Stacie Baughman Hoyos

    Totally in for year 2!! Frederick,MD

  • Courtney Westlake

    We are IN!! I just printed off all of the adorable gift tags and ideas, and I am SO EXCITED! Count on some pictures from Springfield, Illinois!

  • Tessie Henry Rodkewich

    Bugaboo Daycare in New Brighton, MN is in!!

  • Sarah Bryce

    Lewis Center, OH is in! (year 2)

  • Christa Likes

    We have a group of almost 30 families doing it in Greenville, SC!!!!!!!

  • Sherri Williams-Kneebone

    We are in in Vacaville CA and my sister in Fresno CA

  • Happy NestProject

    We’re in, love this concept!!! Our family tries to practice RAOK as often as possible and I can see it rubbing off on our 4 year old. He is always giving snacks and toys to the homeless. We’ll be participating here in Plumas Lake, CA!

  • linrobsmi

    My 11th grade girls bible study is IN! Can’t wait to light up Birmingham, AL with this precious group of girls!!

  • Johanne Hewlett

    We did this last year and had great fun seeing people smile……….and look a little confused. Hope to encourage some of our friends to join in with Light Em Up 2013. From across the water in England, United Kingdom x

  • Holley Whitman

    Count the Whitman family from EL Reno, OK in!!

  • mmiller

    Minneapolis, MN- we are in for our second year and I shared your blog with many- hoping to spread the love and joy :)

  • sarahhall

    Hurricane Creek Elementary School in Bryant, Arkansas is in!! Can’t wait to see what our kids and their families do throughout this season!

  • Melissa

    St Louis, MO

  • Leah

    Hanover Massachusetts. Excited to do this again this year and not be 8 months pregnant!!!

  • Holly

    Super excited! College Station, TX is in!!!

  • Keisha

    We have a group working in Amarillo, Texas!

  • Michael-Sonnet Pentecost

    Hendersonville, TN is in :)

  • kellymcg

    Thanks for posting this idea, I love it! I have a group of fellow homeschooling families in Killeen, TX that will band together to Light ‘Em Up!

  • Nikki Smalling

    Burlington, NC and kids ministry small groups are going to Light ‘Em Up this year!

  • Erica Hagel

    We’re in…..Smyrna, GA!!

  • Tara Dyke

    My 3rd and 4th grade class from Pullman Christian School is IN!!!!!! (Pullman, WA)

  • Katie Russell-Willis

    We are IN! and so excited to get started in Hillsboro, OR

  • Catherine Moon

    This is truly wonderful. I was searching the internet for Christmas activities to do with my son, and was guided to your page. I’m now very exited and looking forward to Lighting up our little part of England, UK

  • Jacqueline Krista Bavin

    We are in!!! Stannington, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England!!!!!!! Mixing this with our Advent calendar activities!

  • Melissa

    My family and my girl scout troop are in! Broken Arrow, Ok

  • Amy Austin

    We LOVE this kind of thing! We just celebrated World Kindness Day on Nov. 13. We’re in! Alpena, Michigan.

  • Amy Forsee Charron

    Midway, GA!

  • Marisa

    Our youth are in! Clinton, Utah

  • Lindse Barks

    Wilburton, OK!

  • Alicia Kramer

    We’re in!! Marietta, Georgia

  • Maureen Lynch Stevens

    Rochester, NY

  • Lisa Rosson Cavallucci

    We’re in! Morristown, TN

  • Kelly

    We are in, Greenville NC!

  • Allyson

    We are in! Waterloo/ Cedar Falls, IA

  • The Finleys

    Rushford, NY :)

  • Enoch 5 Ward Activity Day Girl

    Cedar City, Utah has a group of Activity Day Girls who are super excited to share the love of Christ by serving others!

  • Laura

    Reno, NV.

  • Tonya Morris

    Manning, SC

  • Danielle

    Andersonville, TN

  • Aundy Newell

    Excited to do this, both as a 3rd grade teacher and a Mom! We’re from Duvall, Wa.

  • Elisha

    We are in:) -Lawrenceville, GA

  • terri brinke

    We’re in again! We moved this year so now it’s Augusta, Ga! God Bless!

  • Guadalupe Montour

    South Lancaster, MA

  • Jessica

    We’re in! Plymouth, IN

  • Mary Orr

    We are in! St. Maries, Idaho

  • Devan Piatt

    In! Wetumpka, AL

  • The Zones

    Count us in…West Seneca, NY! We are having our family meeting this weekend to plan a few things out. Thank you for this wonderful and heartfelt idea.

  • Codee

    Lehi, Utah, love this idea

  • Stephanie

    Baltimore, MD! Did it last year and we are back for more! We love it!

  • Sarah Oddo Darrow

    Vernon,NY we are totally in! this looks like such a wonderful thing i love being able to bless others! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

  • UnschoolingMom

    Did it last year and are doing it again! Martinez, CA. So excited!!

  • Elissa Ropp

    Sandy, Oregon!

  • Dee Schill

    Definitely In!! Lighting up Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, CANADA!! :-)

  • Amanda Tabb

    Little Rock, AR

  • Stacey Boswell

    We are in! Third year as a family. First year to include our friends! Thank you for the great materials! Memphis, TN

  • Cassi

    Definitely in…Frisco, TX !!!!

  • Rachel Laho-Slovinac

    Southgate, Michigan (the city I live in- can’t wait to do this w/ my husband and 3 yr old daughter)
    and Wayne, Michigan (the city of the school where I am a teacher-I am getting my class involved!)

  • Jamie H

    Birmingham, AL

  • Connie Coe

    We are in. West Columbia, Texas. We’ve invited out home school group to do this as a group and my other 2 children go to a Charter School…..we’ve invited the whole school to participate! We’re so excited!!

  • Meghan Cannon-Coughlan

    The Coughlan house from Ontario, Canada will be lighting ‘em up this year….LOVE this idea!!

  • Abby Bowman

    we did this last year as an advent calendar. We also did the candy cane challenge and attached a card for a free Nativity DVD to each one. It made that Christmas the best one yet! I was so overwhelmed by the charity my children displayed, and it helped keep the Christmas /giving spirit the rest of the year. Already planning our calendar for this year!

    • Tara Thomas

      I think I know which Nativity cards you are talking about and that is a BRILLIANT idea! I think we will be adding that to our idea as well

  • Abby Bowman

    We are in Columbus, OH :)

  • Natasha Bowlds

    Laurel, Maryland – starting this with my church class next Sunday! So excited!

  • Courtney Taylor

    I’ll be starting this with my 4th grade classroom in Rock Hill, SC. I’m super excited!

  • Jamie Hatter

    WE have started a group in Henderson, KY. We begin on Dec. 2!

  • Michelle Homan Dellinger

    Praying about the best way to share–our wed night church group? a small group of friends? For sure posting this on my fb wall as a friend of mine did last year. My house is a wreck too. :)

  • Vicki

    Love it! Going to challenge our Children’s Ministry to do this as part of our Advent programming. Burnsville, MN

  • Kim Homan

    In! Camanche, Iowa

    • Kim Homan

      My little boy is going to have a ball!

  • Stephanie Dyck-McPhail

    We’re in…Edmonton AB, CAN

  • Safiyah Long

    We’re in! Cedarburg, WI :)

  • Dianne Baker Reeves

    Our family will share with extended family tomorrow at our Thanksgiving celebration! Newark Delaware is in :)

  • Onica Hanby

    Gathering the troops this week in Spokane, WA! I’ve had last years pinned for months so imagine my delight at this years list. Yay! Thank you!!!

  • Donna Dear

    We did his last year and had a wonderful time, and we are on board again! Newark OH

  • Amy Patterson

    Cherokee, Iowa. My husband along with our three children will be participating starting December 1st. Thank you for giving us the road map to spread love to others this Christmas season!

  • Jenya-Ira Konstantinik

    We are in! Amazing idea. Be sure, that we are definitely doing this in Kyiv, Ukraine this year:)

    • Courtney DeFeo

      You have no idea how much this thrills my heart. I’ve been to Kyiv twice and it holds a very special place in my heart. I love your country. Thank you for lighting up Ukraine!!

  • it takes a village

    Our family of six is planning our ‘attacks of kindness’ today for the month of December and my faith formation group of 17 fifth graders in Crofton, MD will be participating as well. Thanks for the resources – you make being joyful and proactive easy.

  • Becky

    Henderson, TN – so excited!!!!!

  • Jennifer Greven

    Joining in with our family on a daily basis, and with our homeschool art group on a weekly basis!! Cumming, GA

  • Jill

    Sterling, CO – our second year and my kids are SO excited. Their faces and the face of the cashier when they bought her a favorite candy bar – off to a blessed start!

  • Natalie

    Checking in from Crawford, Nebraska! My small army is in for the second year in a row. We are so excited to carry out the 17 acts of kindness that they came up with!

  • Becky

    Our group of families, connected through MOPS, Church, and Good Morning Girls Bible Study, is in! Fort Myers, FL

  • Niki

    I SO want to do this! I may be a tiny bit late to the party, but tomorrow I’m going to talk to the kids about adding this to our Advent activities and I’m inviting our friends to join us. Thanks so much. :-) (We’re in Allen, TX)

  • Tara Thomas

    Just found this today. Our family in Antelope CA is starting tomorrow :)

    • Ashley Campbell

      Hey Tara! Check out our group in Roseville on Facebook…Wee Serve! A group of Moms and Kids serving together :) We are going to promote Light Em Up to the group and we’d love to meet you! -Ashley

  • Deanna

    My family are definitely in! We love doing RAK!!! Menifee, CA

  • Amy Reedy Sinclair

    Christiansburg, VA – My son and I did this last year and it was the best time we’ve had together in a really long time. :)

  • Becca Sanders Bruner

    I’m speaking for a women’s event this coming Wednesday and I’m gonna see if I can get them to Let ‘Em Up with me! I love it! We’re in Paoli, Pennsylvania

  • Stacey Chik

    We are in! Overland Park, KS!

  • Lindsay Dimond Preece

    My hubby, two sons, daughter, and I are “Lighting It Up” all around the Salt Lake City Valley in Utah!!!

  • Tami Shirota

    Placentia, CA is in!

  • Amber Drake

    We are in! Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Tiffany Hinton

    Lighting it up in Kansas City,MO! Bless you!

  • Melissa Welch

    We are in! I want to incorporate it with the ‘Elf’ that we have. Tomorrow we start with taking coffee (that they can make) to our local fire department. My husband is a fire fighter (in a different city) and they have to buy their own coffee (which they make EVERY DAY). They also buy their own groceries every day to cook meals together.

    A coffee or gift card to a local grocery store is an awesome way to bless a fire fighter.

    Durham, NC

  • Jennifer Lynn Mesman

    My family, my kindergarten class and all 190 Cloverbuds will being lighting it up in Auburn, Alabama!,

  • sassyandsweet

    Love this! We are in
    Indio, CA

  • SageandPaul Appleby

    We are in!!! Columbus, GA

  • Katie Hartman

    This is amazing! We are definitely in, Hoschton, GA!!!

  • Joy Thomas

    ATL… Me and my three are about to ambush janitors, parking lot attendees and nurses at a doc office bldg with grocery gift cardsYikes! Hope we got enough!!

  • Rachel

    Hey, just a suggestion. You should think about linking light em up 2013 under the favorites tab on the homepage. The current link takes you to 2012 light em up, I’ve been here 3 times in as many days and only accidentally discovered that you updated it for this year. So excited! But, hard to find. :)

  • Penny Stewart Bowser

    We are excited to do this in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

  • Jennifer

    We are letting our little lights shine in Summerville, SC this morning!

  • Shana D

    We are in! Riverside, CA

  • Kelly Fox

    I love this!!!! A group of people from my church were just talking about doing this same thing last weekend. Lexington, KY

  • Jessica Cox

    Dallas, TX! Normally I don’t leave comments like this, but I want you to be able see the huge impact that’s being made!


    We are in!! The Jackson Family from Fayetteville, NC

  • Sara Workman

    I absolutely LOVE this!! So glad I found it!! Printing out all of the fun tags now and will be incorporating it into our advent calendar for the rest of the month!! :) Taylorsville, Ut!!

  • Allison Spradlin

    I’m not a mom, but am interested in doing this with my community group from church. Dies that count? There are about 10 of us

  • Tina Salisbury

    Salt Lake City, Utah! Every year I host a holiday party. As part of it, we include a small service project. This year we started a Light ‘em up group! We have 12 people so far and growing!

  • Melissa Young Schroeder

    Chiang Mai, Thailand is in. We arrived in July and some wonderful ladies have poured into my life to help make the adjustment smoother. So I’ve been trying to “pay it forward” by loving on some other mommas who are new to town. Watching babies, inviting them to coffee, taking them to run some errands. Being away from “home” during the holiday season has made me aware of how fragile the idea of home is…now I’m feeling inspired to get the kids more involved. I’ll let you know what they come up with…but I’m thinking some of our Thai neighbors will be very surprised : )

  • Sara Buscaino

    Love this! We are setting out a bowl with the giving ideas at our Children’s Christmas Dinner at the fire department. Each child can take an idea home with them. It’s a start that I hope will spark the giving spirit in each family. Pics to follow. Macomb, Michigan.

  • Heidi

    Thank you, we are in! Kihei, Maui

  • Katrina

    Just found your website! We were already planning a RAK day and your AWESOME printables will add to it so nicely. Thank you!! Milwaukee, WI

  • Christin

    My Family is in!…………Valdosta, Georgia

  • Ashley Jones

    My family is in! We live in Huntington, WV. We will be printing your tags and sharing gifts with our neighbors and some service people in our community…as well as the staff members of our church! Thank you for sharing these ideas and resources! :)

  • Mindy Warren

    This has become part of our christmas countdown. 25 ways to give. My Family and I are in! Anchorage, AK.

  • analouisek

    Our Whole church is in! 6 small groups in Gautier, MS. Thanks for sharing ideas and printables, just shared this post on our Church’s Facebook page. :)

  • Mara Friedman Gieseke

    You can count Tucson, AZ. We are lighting up our neighborhood by taking the kids Christmas Caroling and handing out candy canes to the houses we visit with the “legend of the candy cane” attached.

  • Bethany Brown

    Having a blast with this in Waco, TX!