Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

24 Days of Giving ––The Instructions

It is the last week of November. Cold winds blow from the North and here, under this roof, we gather.

It is warm here.

Grace is on the couch wrapped in the soft swirling of white circled minky.  Ian settles in next to the fireplace like he does every afternoon when he walks in the door fresh from school.  And Meg, she sits on the couch with pen in hand  ready to write.

We read out loud again the quote from President Hunter...it is where this new tradition finds its roots.  There is silence.  Thinking.

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And then the process begins.  We first write down some of the suggestions from President Hunter.  Before long we start adding our own.

"I want to take donuts to the fire station."

"We should put a happy note on someone's car."

"Can we give an anonymous gift to someone in need?  Because a boy in my class is in need of a new pair of shoes."

"Ya, I saw that boy...he really does need a new pair of shoes."

We begin sending texts to Brother Butler.  Within seconds he adds to the list.

"Should we seek an errand from the Lord?"

"Cheer up the sad."

"Give a compliment."

It isn't long before we have 24 days worth of giving our hearts hand written in ink on a white piece of paper, and Meg's Christmas desire (which you can read about here) begins to take shape.

24 Days of Giving.

...one act of service for every day through December 24.

We decided that this tradition would take the place of our stockings this year.  So, all the money that we would have given Santa for stockings has been set aside for giving.  Instead of hanging our stockings from the mantle over the fireplace we have hung a garland of numbered bags...one through twenty-four.

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Today we are filling the bags with the instruction cards and supplies for each of the 24 days.

Each day's instruction card is simple ––not meant to overwhelm.  We didn't want to add more to an already crowded holiday...and sometimes the most simple of gifts can be the means of lifting a heart, bringing a smile, filling a soul with joy.

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Each morning, beginning December 1, we will open a bag.  Each bag will contain the instruction for the day, and whatever might be needed to accomplish that task.

Each day will be filled with giving.

Perhaps you would like to join us?

Here is what you will need to do:

Click here to find a printable link to the 24 instruction cards.

Make a garland with 24 bags.  You might consider using small manilla envelopes hooked on with clothes pins.  Brother Butler's family is using a line of jute with different sizes and colors of children's christmas socks clipped on with clothes pins.  Really any type of bag will work...you just need 24 of them.

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Gather your supplies at the grocery store...and set aside some dollar bills.

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Then fill your pockets, envelopes, socks, or whatever you decided to use with everything you will need for each day.  You can put the cards in any order you want...according to your calendar and your needs.

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You have this whole week to prepare.  We will leave this blog up all week long so that the instructions will be easily accessible.

We will begin blogging about this Christmas journey on December 1 and continue through the whole month of December.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate 24 days of giving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Freeman