Light ’em Up – White Bear Lake


We are getting excited for the Holiday Season in our household. Last year was a very difficult holiday season for our family.  I am excited for the season this year.  I am spinning my wheels trying to figure out how to shift the focus of our Christmas celebration from getting to giving! I have been surfing the net and looking for meaningful Christmas ideas for our family.  We need a new tradition for Advent that will include our adult children as well. 

When Tommy was little we wrapped Christmas books up as gifts and unwrapped and read one each night until Christmas.    I came across a post by Courtney over at Lil Light O’ Mine and another post by Tracie at TSJ Photography about performing Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK) for Advent which I really found inspiring.  I read the posts and I was so excited, this is a tradition that really spoke to my heart and what I wanted to share with my family.   I talked to my family and everyone was excited to participate.   What a wonderful way to teach compassion and generosity to our children.   What better way to teach our children than to live our faith everyday!!  



We decided to join in Lighting Up our community this Christmas with kindness! We will be spending November in preparation, buying our gifts, mailing out Christmas Cards and baking so we can focus on Lighting Up White Bear Lake in December.

My youngest son wanted to help the homeless and the mission we are working with needed the donated items by December 1st so we have already started Lighting up White Bear Lake!!  He is doing a supply drive for Union Gospel Mission in St Paul.   

I hope by posting about our experiences throughout December we will inspire other families to Light Up Their Communities!!   Thank you to Courtney at Lil Light O’ Mine for providing the list of Light ‘Em Up ideas and printables

Check back in December to watch our progress as we light up White Bear Lake with Christmas Kindness.



“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16

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