Light ‘Em Up 2015 is here!!!
This is my favorite blog post every year. Here we go! It’s time to gather our families and go light ’em up!
We “light up” the hearts of people with love and kindness. Who? ANYONE in your community that could use a simple “thank you” or “Merry Christmas” or “we appreciate you.” Maybe your garbage collector? or school volunteers? or crossing guard? or librarian? How about the homeless community near your home?
If you’ve done this before, you’ve seen the faces. One kind gesture literally lights up the heart of another and it’s contagious.
And, don’t forget your kids! This is a family activity aimed at teaching them generosity through experience vs lecture.
What’s new this year?
1. THE VIDEO
Eeeek! I have been wanting to do this for so long. The story needs more than a blog post – so I gathered some of my buddies the Pitts (yes, you’ll recognize her from War Room!) and the MacFaydens and the Ellis Family and we made it happen.
Would you help me spread this video around … let’s say.. the world? We want Light ‘Em Up veterans to get excited for another year and new families from every state and every country to join in. I’ve always dreamed big. Let’s do this.
2. FACEBOOK GROUPS
A few of you started Light ‘Em Up Facebook pages (like Greenville, way to go!) to better coordinate efforts in your city and I love it! Working together is always more efficient. I started a few groups in my hometowns of Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas. Feel free to start one in your town and just share ideas and great opportunities to Light ‘Em Up in your area. Please make sure donations are being collected to non-profit organizations vs individuals.
3. “LIGHT ‘EM UP ACTS” HOME PAGE
I created a main page that has the video and has all the main links and also includes frequently asked questions. If you had ONE LINK to share with friends – I would make it this one that you are reading – or THIS NEW LINK. You can also use “LightEmUpActs.Com.”
Where to start?
Start by spreading this video! It’s time to shout this from the rooftops of your neighborhood, Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter, church group or school – invite all your people to try just one thing.
Here’s an easy way to say it – feel free to use this for your social media pages. You can put this copy right below the link of the video.
Step 1: Post this video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENWbo7iMPXg
Step 2: Put this below it OR feel free to add your own comments about your experience! Would love that!
This link has 100 easy, creative ideas for generosity complete with cute gift tags. Just try it once and you’ll be hooked. Join us! Most heart-warming family tradition. LightEmUpActs.com #LightEmUpActs
Where are the free resources?
The tags, and 100 ideas and planning guide are the same great resources. You can get them RIGHT HERE or at the overview page.
Background – First Blog Post on Light ‘Em Up
Light ‘Em Up: 100 Ideas To Try With Your Family
Light ‘Em Up: Classroom Starter Ideas for Teachers
Light ‘Em Up: Gift Tags for Treats
Light ‘Em Up: Planning Document for a Family Meeting
LASTLY, TELL US YOU ARE IN!
Will you comment below if you are IN for this year and tell us your city, state or country. We want to hit every state in the U.S. and as many countries as possible!
I often think my “little light” doesn’t matter in the scheme of the world, but it does. You do your part. I’ll do mine. And together we can spread loads of kindness to a world that needs it. In the midst of bombs and deep hurt and unfathamable crisis, let’s remind our communities that people care and there is hope.
The Niemeyers in Nashville are ready to participate again! LOVE this tradition. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas!
Wohooo! I love that you’re the first my friend. Thanks for being a great mom and wonderful friend.
The Foleys in Montgomery, Alabama are in! Our first year participating was last year, and we had a blast!
Yay! Welcome. I love Montgomery – went to Auburn. Thanks for participating.
Love you Court! You and your family are huge inspirations! Thank you!
~Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Thanks Amy!!! Your girls will light up anyone they meet.
The Freeman’s in Toronto, Canada are participating for the first time. What an amazing idea, thank you!
Woohooo TORONTO! Love it!
Yay! The video rocks! As I was reading your post, I said, “that little girl looks just like Lily! In fact those boys do too.” They are going to be so ecstatic to have made your post. The graphic of the world all lit up made my heart smile the biggest smile. Thank you for starting this and equipping us with the resources to make brightening somebody’s day that much easier.
Yes – those are in fact the Hendrix kiddos with generosity in their bones. Straight from their momma.
We loved this last year. Our family had so much fun. This year we will be starting here in London and spreading the love and joy of light em up as we travel to Australia to see our family. Thank you for being such a huge inspiration.
Sharon. Thank you so much. Makes me smile thinking of you in London and Australia. Send me photos!
Love the video! Posting straight below my fellow London friend – we’re going for it again this year!
Hey Sarah! Thanks for saying hi and keep up the great work.
Count us in here in Birmingham, AL in! We are excited to show some love to our community!
Hi Brooke! I started a page for Birmingham last year but there hasn’t been much participation. Here’s the link if you want to join! 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/874616949235461/
That’s awesome Haley! I’ll share all the pages at some point – great job!
Thank you Brooke! I love Bham!
Our family is in all of the way!!! We can’t wait! Thank you for sharing this contagious love at Christmas!!! We appreciate you! Blessings from our family to yours!
You too Kimberly. I appreciate you joining us. Keep me posted on how it goes.
The Lacedellis in Newport Coast CA! This will be our second year doing it and we are very excited!!!
Alright for California! Beautiful! Thanks for joining us again!
We’re all in for our fourth year from Birmingham, AL! I started a facebook group here last year, but it only has a few people in it! I know you have lots of friends that livehere and there are lots of people here who participate though! Heres the link -> https://www.facebook.com/groups/874616949235461/
Thank you SO MUCH Haley for leading the crew in Bham!
We are participating in West Point, Utah. We LOVE this tradition!!
Thanks for representing Utah!!! Makes me so happy.
The Gentrys from Rome, Ga are in again this year!
Ahh… Rome, GA – home of Winshape and Berry. Beautiful spot. Thanks for lighting it up!
We are in Dothan, Al and we are all about lighting up our community!
Thanks for all you do to encourage others!
Hey Sabrena. My grandparents used to live in Eufala – right off 431 – not in one of the mansions. I used to dream of that. 🙂 But on a farm. Dothan is beautiful. Thanks for lighting it up this Christmas!
College Station, TX is in and we can’t wait! Just started a Facebook page for our area – Light ’em Up Brazos Valley – https://www.facebook.com/groups/430924143768198/
Hooray! Coming over to your Facebook page asap to say hi. THANK YOU!
We are in. This is one of our favorite advent activities. It is a blessing to us to do something for others. I am a teacher and am presenting this as a challenge to our student body, that they can “light” up our community by the random acts of kindness they do. I can’t wait to see what they are going to do.
That is awesome Hannah. Let me know what they come up with. And send me photos! Where is your school?
My name is Remi Makanjuola. I live in kennesaw GA, I’d love to join the Atlanta group or do I need to start a kennesaw one? Either way we are in! My family is young, my husband and I have been married for 5 years and our goal is to make giving our lifestyle, our boys are 3 yrs and 22 months.
Hey Remi! You are welcome to join the Atlanta group. Come on in! So glad you are starting young. Mine were 2 and 5 when we started and it was so fun.
We are in this year shining light in Cumming, GA. It will be our first year participating, but here goes nothing.
Ashley. I hope you enjoy it so much. Baby steps – try just a couple things and get your kids input. They will enjoy it better when they are invested in the ideas.
We are so in!!! I’m very excited to get started here in College Station, Texas. Whoop! I plan on holding a neighborhood meeting this weekend. Thanks so much for all y’all do out there! Keep spreading that light! You have have NO idea what one tiny act of kindness means to another soul…there are times when it can mean everything!!! Never forget that!
Mandi. This is so encouraging. Thanks for what you are doing in College Station!
What a wonderful idea! The Rowland Family is excited to participate for the first time.
– Windermere, FL
Hooray for FL! Have so much fun. Thank you for participating!
The BUTLER family from Corinth, MS is IN! I love this idea and can’t wait to get started!!! Light ‘Em Up!
Thank you Brand for joining us!
Sharing the love in Oklahoma City!
Hooray for Oklahoma City – thank you Mary!
we are starting this in Leon, Guanajuato Mexico for the very first time! 🙂 cannot wait yo spread love and kindness <3
So thrilled to have you lighting up Mexico and joining us for the first time! Wonderful!
Can’t wait! We’ve done it every year since you started, and it’s one of our fav traditions. Thank you, and we can’t wait to light up Atlanta.
Welcome back! Thank you for making such a difference. Send us your stories and photos!
The Cox Family in Midland, NC is in! So excited!!
Wonderful! Thank you Brenda!
Im so excited about this! It will be our first year but I’ve already got a crowd on board to Light Em Up here in Lehi, Utah! Thank you!!!
That makes me so happy! I love Utah. Way to get a crowd!
Third year running my friend! Gets bigger and better every year! Hanover MA and beyond 🙂
You are my kindred spirit. So proud of you friend.
The Buchanans in Eufaula, Alabama are in! We love lighting up our small town every year. Just posted your video to my Facebook. Praying for others in our town to share the love of Christ with others through the Light Em Up! Ready, set, go!!!!
So happy to hear this. My grandparents lived in Eufala. LOVE that town so much. Thanks for doing this!
The Neals are in from Bremen, GA! I’m also am Auburn grad and we have a mutual friend which is fun. War Eagle!
War Eagle!!! Thanks so much!
Just posted your link on my FB page. Yay! Love this program and hope to start it in our family this year . . . even if just a few acts of kindness get accomplished! Excited to get the ball rolling and absolutely love the idea. Welcome to Dallas!
Thank you Kelly for sharing! We are loving Dallas so far. Great town.
I’m in from Ft Worth TX
We just went to Ft Worth this past week – wow – cool place. Thanks for lighting it up!
LOVE! Going to listen right now! The Estes family from Virginia is ready to light em up!
Hey sweet Paige. Thank you!
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Post the video to my FB page this morning! I discovered Light em up on Friday and have not been able to stop thinking about it since then. You’ve got a family in Sterling, VA ready to go (hopefully some friends nearby!).
Tiffany – that makes me happy. You’ll be hooked. It’s so fun!
The Miller’s in Newtown, PA are ready to try this for the first time! Love the idea and can’t wait to spread joy!
Hey Janet! Welcome and thank you so much!
I listened to the 1st half of your FOTF interview this am & was immediately encouraged as a mother & inspired by your “light ’em up” ideas. My girls & I did our own “top secret giving mission” (i think I like your name better ;-)) at the local dollar store today. I’m looking forward to getting your book & allowing God to open my eyes to new practical ways to train my sweet lil ladies up.
Hey Patricia! Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you did.
I had been chatting with my family about doing acts of kindness along with a “25 Days of Christ” tradition that we’ve done for a few years, as a way to not only remember Him, but to do what He would do if He were here right now. This “Light ’em Up” idea fits right in with what I’d hoped we could accomplish, and having the cute gift tags and ideas is so awesome. Thank you for what you have encouraged by sharing your light! The Atwood Family in Alberta, Canada is excited to begin sharing some light!! 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Wonderful! Sounds like we are a match. Wohooo Canada! Love it!
We’d also like to do it for the first time here in Switzerland (near the capital city of Berne)! Is it possible to get the tags in Word so that I can translate them into German? Excited to get in on it!
Switzerland! How cool is that! I love it! Send me some photos!
The Ehrichs family of Sioux Falls, SD will be joining in this year!
Wonderful! Makes me so happy. Thanks for joining us!
The Roudebush Family from Holland, MI is in!
Welcome Jennifer! Thank you!
Auburn, Alabama – warrrrr eagle!
Hey Holly. WARRRR Eagle.
I plan to roll this out to Cumming, GA and Forsyth County 🙂
Wonderful Rachael. I read it too fast and thought you were going to “roll” Cumming. That could be magical too – go rolling.
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Hey sweet Amy. Thanks for always been so supportive. Your smile will light up your town.
I am excited to see the finished product. You are a good writer and it’s going to be excellent. As you know, I love historical fiction. Add a “dash of romance and a smidge of mystery” and I’m hooked. And, “real people” really gets my attention which increases my anticipation! Get to work! I’ll eagerly await your first book.
We’re in here in Worthington (Columbus suburb), Ohio! Our small family–single mom and her 10 year old daughter– are excited to put the focus on others this Christmas and to spread the hope of Jesus in our community!
Stefani – way to go! What an amazing example you are setting for your daughter. I imagine your hands are full so I am so proud of you for making this a priority. You will make a bigger impact than you know.
I am sooooo excited! I just shared your video on my facebook page! I want us to light Indianapolis with Light’em Up Acts of kindness! It’s a kindness revolution built on the foundation of God’s grace and mercy!
Thank you Dr. D! I appreciate you sharing it with your ministry and families.
The Armbrusts of Chesapeake, VA are in!
Fantastic. Welcome Armbrusts!
Just came across your page while looking for a new idea to do with my boys this year. There is a big age gap between the two and I love that both can participate in this easily! Thank you for all the resources and links. The Franklins from CT are in!
Hi Faith! I’m so glad you found it. The internet is full of amazing ideas – so happy to help you in a small way with your boys. Have fun!
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This has made my day. I wish all poitsngs were this good.
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Thanks for providing all these free resources to get started. We’ve really felt the leading to do Christmas differently. We’re gonna try it for the first time in Lexington, KY!
i’m so glad! welcome. you’ll be hooked. 🙂
We are trying to get a small group of friends together to join us!
Great job! It’s always way more fun in a group. You can print the list 100 and have the kids pick which ones most excite them.
We are in! This is my favorite tradition to do with my 3rd & 4th graders at Pullman Christian School in Pullman, Washington!
Love that! Way to go Pullman. Send me some photos and stories!
Third year in for my family and our MOPS group, in Burlington, CO!
We’re in! Our family is in Redding, CA. And we’ll be sharing the idea with our friends too.
Thanks for all you’re doing Courtney!
I’m in! Savannah, GA!
We are in and excited!
Our family came up with our plan last night and we’re super excited! We’re in Marietta, GA!!
The LaFountains in Branch County, Michigan are excited to Light em Up for the third year. Sitting down to plan our attack now. hehehe
The Denney’s in Elberta, AL did Acts of Kindness with grandsons this past summer and plan to spread the idea at our Sunday School Brunch we are hosting.
I’m a little late to the party, but we have done this for the past few years and it’s been one of our favorite activities to do at Christmas!! My daughter is 5 and when we started a few years ago, I was hesitant to participate. Not only did I think she wouldn’t understand it but worse was the fact that when I did do the first few acts of kindness, it just didn’t seem like she had any interest- even though I always expressed my excitement! But, I kept up with it and thankfully she has grown to understand what giving is and means and continues to see the good she’s adding to the world!
We are from Southgate, Michigan
Hi Courtney! We are officially in! We gave our first candy cane today. Gainesville, FL will be participating this year. I am hoping to spread to the idea to all of our youngsters in the church as well. Thanks for all you do!
Hudson, Ohio 😉
The Sanford’s from Duxbury, MA are in! And”in”spired by your talk when you came to visit our neck of the woods! Thank you!
The Carbonattos are in from Bothell, Washington! Holding it down for #upperleftusa
Enjoying your radio broadcast on Focus on the Family. Our family will light up Holly Springs,North Carolina. Merry Christmas!! Shine your light bright for all to see. God. Bless.
We just started “Light ’em, Aledo” a couple of days on Facebook! Aledo, Texas is just west of Fort Worth! Check us out! We already have so many people of all ages, lighting up the world for someone.
Oops! Meant to say “Light ’em Up, Aledo” instead of “Light ’em, Aledo!”
Light ’em Up in Quad Cities IA/IL
The Burkhalter Family is IN to Light ’em Up for the 3rd year from Seattle, Washington!
Ormond Beach, FL
Our family will be shining light in Clarksville, AR again this year! We are truly looking forward to blessing others this holiday season. <3 Light 'Em Up!
WE are in!! So excited to “show God’s love” as my son & daughter put it!!! Thank you for these resources that make it so doable! 🙂
We’re getting ready to Light ‘Em Up in Richmond, VA again this year! My 2 boys love it!
Can i just say how awesome this is? I just found your blog today and while I am not a mother I am joining in. My young adults group at church and my small group have been looking for ideas to do this holiday and these are great ideas! Some in our group have kids so this is perfect. Thank you again for doing this is is just amazing how we can spread cheer just by doing small acts of kindness!
The Polcari’s are so excited to start with our 3 year old to show him the meaning of Christmas! You inspired me so much when you visited us alllll the way in Norwell, MA!! There aren’t enough “thank-yous” to say here!!! We’re in #lightemup2015!!!
Willowbrook Baptist Church Children’s Ministry is ALL IN!!! Huntsville, Al
The Smith family from York, PA is in!!!
The Hayles family is ready to “LIGHT ‘EM UP” in Nashville, TN!! Thank you for your willingness to put your thoughts into action and inspire ME to do this with my family!
The Brewers in Franklin, TN, are in again!!! Thanks for all of the great ideas. We start today!
Better late than never, right! We’re in! This is going to be our focus next week in Sachse, TX
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The Scroggins are in! From Rancho Cordova, CA
Our homeschool group had our Christmas party today, and we did a “Light ‘Em Up Party!”
We did a cookie swap and made packages for our police officers with cookies, packages of microwave popcorn and Redbox movie codes! We also made cards and ornaments for officers and visited a nursing home! Everyone at the party took your list of ideas and each family is going to do one more act of kindness as their “Christmas homework!”
We had such a blast! The kids loved it!
We’re a group mainly in Carrollton, Texas. 🙂
We (6 families/18 kids) are “lighting up” our south Mississippi community tomorrow! This will be our 3rd year! Super excited!!
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The rumor around New Orleans for the past couple of months according to people who know Archie and Olivia is that having the year off has changed Peyton’s perspective a bit and that he’d much more cautious about playing again. I guess being forced to have a life outside of football is a good sample platter for how good life can be outside of football, and suddenly the entree of playing again doesn’t seem all that appealing.I’m probably not making any sense, but whatever.
We are in Milwaukee WI and this is year 3! 🙂
Georgetown, TX! 😉
We are Lighting ‘Em Up in Alexandria, Virginia for the second year – my boys, now 9 & 6! Thank you for all of the terrific ideas! Merry Christmas!
Several of our church members (Charlotte, NC) participated in many of these kindness acts to spread JOY in our community on 12/21/15. It was fabulous and such a treat for the givers and recipients — young and old.
We wanted to do Light ‘Em Up at Christmas this year, but the timing just didn’t work out. So…we’re doing it in March! Light ‘Em Up…Easter Edition! 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful resources!
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Me & My Sister In Law are excited to try and Light Up our small Town of Lindale Texas. Thank you for the inspiration we are excited!!!
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