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I am so very excited to share these gratitude Christmas Gift Tags as part of the Light the World challenge for Christmas this year. The purpose of this campaign is to invite people everywhere to follow Jesus’s example of service. Tomorrow kicks off the twenty five days of service with a World Wide Day of Service. By showing a little more kindness, being a little more loving, and serving even in a small way, we can all spread joy, and fill the world with light!
It has been a rough year for me health wise, and then the negativity of the presidential campaign just started sapping the life outta me. I knew that focusing on others was just what I needed to get into the Christmas spirit.
Advent calendars are a huge Christmas tradition at my house, and my kids always look forward to the treats and activities. When I brought up the idea of switching up our usual advent activities with 25 days of service, I wasn’t sure how excited my kids would be. Well I was wrong. They were totally on board, and they came up with ideas that I hadn’t even thought of. This just might be the best Christmas ever!!
25 Days of Service
The idea behind the 25 days of service is simple. Each day focuses on one way that Jesus showed love, and more importantly, how WE can show love. I was drawn to Day 22- “Jesus showed gratitude and so can you.” I have been working on being grateful for my many blessings, but realized I’ve been lacking in showing appreciation to the people around me who impact my life for good.
When I started brainstorming, I realized there are a lot of people who serve me every day that I take for granted. The mail carrier, the garbage collector, the school custodian, the boy who brings the grocery carts in from the parking lot. . . they all make my life better. Sure, I thank them if I happen to see them, but that doesn’t happen very often. And I’ve never given them a note of thanks. Time to change that!
Gratitude Christmas Gift Cards
I’ve put together a bundle of printable gift cards and ideas that can be used to show appreciation for the people who most often get forgotten. I tried to make the wording generic so that you can attach the cards to any gift you want Homemade or store bought treats, or any small gift or gift card. I hope you’ll use them and make someone’s day a little brighter!
As I was thinking of workers that are under-appreciated, the first person I thought of was the mail carrier. They are crazy busy this time of year, and the weather is less than pleasant most days, at least in my neck of the woods. Wouldn’t it be fun for them to open up the mailbox and find a special treat that they don’t have to deliver to someone else?
What about the lady who does your hair? Standing all day long can’t be that fun. My hair dresser also happens to be one of my best friends, and boy oh boy do I appreciate her. Without the magic she works on my hair, I wouldn’t want to show my face in public very often, that’s for sure.
Garbage collectors also came to mind. I’ve never heard anyone express appreciation for the guys that pick up our trash. But oh my, can you imagine your life if they stopped coming? The horrors.
Another person I’m grateful for is the school bus drivers. It is so nice not having to drive my kids to and from school every single day!
And what about the school custodian and secretary. Teachers usually get remembered, but sometimes I forget the behind the scene workers.
I also came up with a couple generic gift tags that you could give to anyone. Print up a bunch, throw them in your car or purse, and see how many people you can find that make your life a little better just by doing their job. Show them a little appreciation and watch their faces light up with joy.
For a PDF file of all 6 gift cards, click the link below:
Or if you prefer, you can right click on the tag you want, save it, and resize it in a program on your computer.
Mail Carrier Appreciation Gift Tag:
I am totally looking forward to helping #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas season! I hope you’ll stay tuned, I’ll have more fun ideas coming at you during the next few days and weeks. If you participate, share on social media, I want to see it! Make sure you use the hashtag #lighttheworld.
Let’s all make this a Christmas to remember!