For the past few years we have used our Acts of Service Advent Tree during Christmas and I always get a lot of questions about it.
Even though this post is an oldie I still think it is worth sharing again!
She was creating a small twig tree to hang on the wall and I knew right away that I wanted to make it big and hang acts of service off of it.
We sat down as a family and we started brainstorming things we could do as a family.
I typed all of the acts up in Word and printed them out.
We cut the acts of service into strips and folded them over to get them ready to stuff into the stars.
Our stars are made from craft paper using a star template I found online.
We (my mom) started to sew them all shut with the acts of service inside but my machine was driving her NUTS so I told her we could go with Plan B.
Always have a Plan B.
For half of the star we glued them shut with a glue stick (only getting glue around the edges to keep the glue off the acts of service) and we used a white gel pen to make thread marks on the outside.
It worked for me and possibly saved my mom’s sanity.
If you are going to hang the stars as shown …make sure that whether you sew or glue them shut that you include the end of the string in the star before you close it.
I then just randomly hung the stars on the twig tree.
I hope to do this each year as a family because
1) who needs more candy each day through December
2) who doesn’t need more times in their lives to think of others and find fun ways to show kindness
As much as I love, love, love the month of December if you are not careful it can turn into just shopping, eating too much and sugar comas.
I feel like each time we so something like this we take a huge exhale, slow down and focus.
I am thinking we will keep it up year around and have weekly acts of service.
I will let you know.
Thank you for asking about this and thank you Anne Marie for inspiring this project.