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LIGHT ‘EM UP ’12

CHRISTMAS.

The joy of it makes you want to just do something for others.

REALLY DO SOMETHING.

You just want to see the joy you feel, radiate on their face.

YOU WANT TO LIGHT ‘EM UP.

Well now you can.

YOU CAN REALLY DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS

and you can do it

WITH YOUR CHILDREN!

This is so easy and I truly don’t know who gets more joy out of it–the recipient (think garbage man, mail man, bag-boy, teacher, etc.) or your child when they see the joy on the garbage man’s face or YOU when you see the joy on your child’s face as they observe the joy on the recipient’s face.

It is almost too–too–too exactly what Christmas is meant to be–the celebration of giving in honor of the giver of the greatest gift–Christ!

One of my FAVORITE blogger friends–Courtney DeFeo started the LIGHT ‘EM UP campaign last year and it was a big hit with moms because it is so easy and rewarding.  This year we and other moms are partnering with Courtney to see if we can light up communities all over the country.

We cordially invite YOU to join us

in a celebration of JOYFUL giving in your community.

Yes? No? Please???  You can do it and so can your kids.  It is simple!

Here are 5 steps and 3 printables to help you to start lighting others up with joy….

 

Light em Up Planner

STEP 1 – PRINT THE LIGHT ‘EM UP PLANNER 

  • Fill in the names of people you would like to light up.
  • Do as many or as few as you think you can handle with joy.

 

STEP 2 – READ OVER THE 100 WAYS LIST TO LIGHT ‘EM UP

  • Choose the same or different ways you would like to surprise people with joy.
  • Fill in what type of surprise you will use by each name on the planning list.

 

STEP 3 – FIND A DATE TO MAKE AND DELIVER YOUR SURPRISE

  • You can make all your items at once or batch them.
  • Commit to a day and fill it in on the planning list by each name.

 

STEP 4 – MAKE YOUR SURPRISES

 

STEP 5 – GO LIGHT UP YOUR COMMUNITY!

  • Deliver your surprises.
  • Take pictures upload them to either

 1) Your  Facebook.  Like iMOM and Lil Light O Mine on Facebook.  In the description of your photo type @iMOM, @Lil Light O Mine so we can see your pictures! *

OR

2)  iMOM’s Facebook

  • Then share them with your friends and family on Facebook and inspire them to light up their community.
  • If you post pictures to Instagram or Twitter use #lightemup12
*I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU POST!  
YOU, MOMS, ARE MY COMMUNITY AND I WANT TO LIGHT YOU UP.
SO I’M  PONDERING HOW I CAN SURPRISE SOME OF YOU!

 

That’s it.  It is that easy, but so effective.  Look at these pictures below that were taken last year or for more ideas go here!

DO YOU SEE IT?

Joy.  Surprise.  Gratitude.  Connection. Warmth.  Light. Radiating Joy.

IT’S SO CHRISTMAS!

I am so excited I just want to squeeze you right now with some joy until you are all lit up!

 

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Author: Susan Merrill    Posted: November 11, 2012     cat-folder Be Encouraged 14 Comments

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  • Courtney

    Thank you for sharing this amazing idea. I can not wait.

  • Linda C.

    Love this idea Susan – going to share it with our school. Would be great for the kids to “Light Up” the workers who may get overlooked but that are a blessing to our campus – janitors, maintenance crew, security, PTA committee, etc. Lots of thoughts! xoxo

    • http://susanme.com/ Susan Merrill

      Great idea–I know they will love it!

  • Amy

    I am speaking at a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group next Wednesday and I will
    be sharing this with all of them in hopes that they will join with their young children to celebrate the meaning of the Christmas season and thank God for the greatest gift of Jesus!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1157044772 Susan Barber Merrill

      Amy, Light Em Up would be perfect for MOPs–great idea.

  • Joyeden

    This is such a cool idea. I am putting together a plan now to start a community wide “Light Em Up” campaign through the Chick-fil-A facebook page I manage. I am so excited.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1157044772 Susan Barber Merrill

      Joyeden, I would love to see it on facebook! Can you Like iMOM and Lil Light O Mine on Facebook. In the description of your photo type @iMOM, @Lil Light O Mine so we can see your pictures!

      • Joyeden

        I have the Chick-fil-A page I run connected to both! As soon as we get photos I will tag your pages! If you want to see the CFA page I run it is as facebook.com/CFAWaughChapel

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1157044772 Susan Barber Merrill

          I CAN’T WAIT to see them!

  • Krysty

    This is a great and simple way to teach our kids about serving our community! Can’t wait to make it part of our advent activities! Thanks for sharing!

  • Maryann

    I can’t wait to share this idea with my boys. They are going to love this! MaryAnn Tampa fl.

  • Sue H

    Our family has always tried to remember our mail carrier, garbage & recycle collectors and it truly is fun to see how grateful and excited they get when they are thanked & remembered. My youngest son, who is in kindergarten, and still & has always wanted to be a “garbage man” when he grows up, couldn’t wait to hand out our cards & gifts to them. In fact, he has shared his Halloween candy with them and the mail man, cold bottles of water on hot days, and we try to give them other notes of thanks with gift cards to the local coffee establishment in the summer, too. Guess what? We are the only house on our street that they slide the red recycle boxes all the way back to our door & put the lids back on the trash barrels. They also honk the horn & wave to all my boys. So don’t just light them up in December, remember to make it a part of your family’s every day “tradition” to thank those around us who serve us. We do also bring cookies to the fire station, too. You are right – it is so – much – fun!!!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family Susan!! Thanks for your great blogs and wonderful parenting advice!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1157044772 Susan Barber Merrill

      Sue—I LOVE your heart. Such a great reminder and your boys sound precious beyond words!

  • Jennyronquillo

    I posted this on my school website (about 900 families will see this)! Love the idea! Hope to spread some holiday cheer this year! Thanks!

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