I CAN'T HARDLY CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU GUYS !!! I LOVE YOU ALL HERE AT LDS PARENTING AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO UPLIFT AND ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER IN OUR CALLINGS AS PARENTS AND SOMETIMES ITS JUST SO DANG FUN TO BE A PARENT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU GET TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THE VALUE OF SERVICE AND HAVE SO MUCH FUN DOING IT ! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE AMAZING WOMEN WHO CAME UP WITH THESE KITS AND SHARED THEM FOR FREE FOR US !!!! LOVE, JL~
I am so incredibly excited to share this with you guys ! The church, first of all has made it incredibly easy for us to #LIGHTtheWORLD thru social media and blogs and just any way you can think of , to share the good news of Christ and Service this holiday season. Head over to Mormon.org for more details !! My family has been so excited to do service projects and to work on the things on the calendar that the church has put out... you can download that calendar here :
So, I'm incredibly excited to be able to share with you guys these incredible toolkits for super fun activities to make with your families for this month and to really bring the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign into your home! Holy cow the fantatstic bloggers that have put these kits together are super duper talented. These kits are SOOOO FUN!!!!
Ok I wont make you wait any longer! Here are some of the great kits available... for FREE for your families !
Oh man, I love this website! I have used their awesome free resources for Primary and Young Women and for my personal use as I teach my children the Gospel here in my home. Thank heavens for Sugardoodle !
First up is the Christmas in a Box kit from BRIGHTLY STREET so... I just found out about this site when the cutie pie who owns it shared her kit with a Facebook Group I'm on. So I fell in love with the kit and then visited her site and yeah... I'm going to be hanging out on that site a lot !
Could these be any cuter ??? Ok, here's the scoop on it !
Want to bring the spirit of Christmas to a loved one serving in the military, on a mission, away to college, in a nursing home or maybe sick and staying in the hospital during the Christmas season? I have the perfect idea to share with you which was created and designed by Melia from Brightly Street. She has created a unique idea that will bring Christmas just a little bit closer to your loved ones and all people around the world, it is called "Christmas-in-a-Box. Doesn't this picture of what's inside the box just make you happy? I am sure it will bring a smile and joy to whomever receives it. You will find her box on Day #9 from Brightly Street's interactive Christmas Advent Calendar.
So, what's inside the box? Well, you will find a Christmas tree made out of blocks, a colorful stocking, a reading and writing journal and lights! Of course, there is an awful cute box to go with it.
Melia has designed all of the printables for you to use to put together your own Christmas-in-a-Box and serve someone you love or even a stranger. Let's jump right in and share a few how-to tips.
Box: Print on white card stock as full bleed or borderless if possible. Laminate the paper for durability and also laminate a plain white card stock page. Do not cut around the paper just leave the laminating edge as is. Measure from the edge of the paper with a ruler using the width of your ruler as your measurement and use the end of a pair of scissors to score the paper. Fold along all four sides. At the top and bottom of the paper, cut a a slit until it meets the other fold line. Fold corner together and staple. Do the same thing on all four sides. Repeat with the bottom box, but fold just a hair smaller on all four sides, cut and staple corners. Fit top over bottom of the box. Print and cut out tag and ribbon. Place ribbon around top of the box cover and tape it under the sides. Attach the tag with tape to the topside. Please refer to the YouTube video to see a demonstration of who to make the box, it really is quite simple!
Journal: Print, cut in half and hole punch each page. Using a metal ring attach page together. You can add ribbons to the ring if you want. The journal is a 10 day advent calendar. The person can read a page everyday starting anytime in December or just read a page throughout the month and finish it by Christmas. The journal is called "READ His Story, WRITE your story." Everyday there is a scripture found in the New Testament about Jesus Christ's life starting with his baptism and ending with the resurrection. After the person reads the story, there is a writing prompt question or statement on the next page to help them write their own story. Just a bit of family history and strengthening your testimony of Jesus Christ during the Christmas season. At the bottom of the scripture page, you will find a QR code. Scan it with your smart phone and go directly to Brightly Street's website where you can watch a video about the scripture you just read and listen to a Christmas song! It's the best interactive advent calendar around.
Christmas Tree Blocks: Purchase 1.5 inch blocks from Hobby Lobby or purchase a 1.5 x 1.5 inch piece of wood and cut them into squares with a miter saw. Lightly sand the wood edges. Print the Christmas tree pages on white card stock. To prevent smearing the ink, laminate them first. Cut out squares and glue them to the wood pieces. See the printable page for where to place each square. Modge podge the entire block and let it dry. Build the blocks to make a Christmas tree on one side. There are also sides for: Christmas Songs, Scripture Story, Writing Prompt, Days 1-10 and Nativity characters. The blocks coordinate with the journal.
Stocking: Print on white card stock. Pick one of two stocking designs, cut around stocking and then trace another blank one onto card stock and cut it out to use as the backside of the stocking. Punch holes along the sew lines and sew together with yarn. You can also laminate them before you thread with yard.
Christmas Card: Print on card stock, cut and sign your name on the backside of the postcard. Place it on top of all items inside your Christmas-in-a-Box.
That's it! Place all of the parts inside the box and you are now ready to hand deliver or mail your box! This will be an unforgettable gift to just about anyone. Here's a list of ideas of who you can gift your Christmas-in-a-Box too:
- Someone away from home serving in the military.
- A person sick and staying in the hospital through the holidays.
- Visit a Children's Hospital and find a child that needs some extra cheer this year.
- Take it to a nursing home and give it to someone lonely. Make friends with them and help them write their story.
- Send it to a college student to help them bring in the Christmas cheer as they cram for finals the last few weeks before joining family or friends for Christmas.
- Gift it to a missionary in your area or abroad. Missionaries can put a block in their pocket and find someone to share a scripture or song.
Please use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD and @BrightlyStreet as you mail or deliver your Christmas-in-a-box to someone. We'd love to see how you used this kit and how it was received! May we "Light the World" with the true meaning of Christmas this year and serve our fellowman.
** Don't forget to visit and leave a comment for Melia at BrightlyStreet.com and follow her on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter today! **
HONESTLY!!!!! How stinking cute is this ???? And she has worked her tail off to give it to us for free!!! So go visit her and tell her thanks a bunch !!!!
For more darling #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas kits and crafts head over to :
and don't forget :
Here's one more goodie for you guys , thanks again to Brightly Street :
I want to be like these amazingly talented women one day when I grow up ;)
Make sure you go visit there sites and tell them THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!
Now go and get to visiting and printing and playing with your kids as you serve others this Christmas season and you #LIGHTtheWORLD !!!!!
Don't forget to give me some love by checking out my other Christmas posts by using the labels on the sidebar and leaving me some comments !! I'm doing a giveaway starting tomorrow for the LDS Movie 'LEGACY' - my cute hubby is in the movie :)
With Love and Happy Parenting !!!! JL~