Countdown to Christmas — Day 16

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Welcome to Day 16 of our Christmas Countdown!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Sing Christmas carols at the nursing home or as you walk through the store or anywhere!

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Today’s Scripture

Luke 2:20-21, TLB

Then the shepherds went back again to their fields and flocks, praising God for the visit of the angels, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had told them.

21 Eight days later, at the baby’s circumcision ceremony, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was even conceived.

Today’s Song: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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Christmas Countdown — Day 15

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Welcome to day 15 of the Christmas Countdown!

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Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Make someone smile!

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If you’re reading this, I doubt you’re an old crumudgeon who can’t think of a way to make someone smile. But on the slight chance you are, here are some ideas:

  1. Call an old friend just to say hi
  2. Leave big tips today
  3. Call your parents
  4. Take treats to work
  5. Hold a door open for a stranger.
  6. Invite someone to lunch.
  7. Fill your spouse’s car up with gas
  8. Make coffee for your spouse in the morning and take it to them
  9. Take someone to the movies
  10. Take someone to see the Christmas lights
  11. Tell a cashier to have a nice day.
  12. Put money in the parking meter for someone else
  13. Bake a cake for your pastor
  14. Tell someone you thought about them the other day.
  15. Give someone a good book to read
  16. Send flowers
  17. Take an older person out for dinner or give them a ride to the grocery store
  18. Offer free baby-sitting
  19. Offer to help a family who cares for someone with disabilities
  20. Help your neighbor rake leaves or shovel snow.
  21. Give someone yur place in line
  22. Give out ten free hugs
  23. Write thank you notes
  24. Wave to strangers in other cars (be safe, though!)
  25. Compliment every person you meet today
  26. Play chess or a board game with a child or elderly person
  27. Cook dinner if that’s not something you do often
  28. Cook breakfast if that’s not something you do often
  29. Do a dance in the grocery line
  30. Give up your place in the grocery check out
  31. Pray for someone
  32. Ask someone about their children.
  33. Write a poem for someone.
  34. Pet sit for someone or listen to their pet stories
  35. Spread joy all year long!

Today’s Scripture

Luke 2:19, TLB

 But Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them.

Today’s Song: Almost There

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 14

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Welcome to day 14 of our Christmas Countdown!

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Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Donate food, blankets and supplies to an animal shelter and/or drop off treats for the workers! Woof!

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Luke 2:17-18, TLB

 The shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.

18 All who heard the shepherds’ story expressed astonishment.

Today’s Song: O Come All Ye Faithful

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Countdown to Christmas – Day 13

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Welcome to Day 13 of our Countdown to Christmas!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Take treats to the police or fire department.

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:15-16, TLB:

When this great army of angels had returned again to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 They ran to the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.

Today’s Song: Little Drummer Boy

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 12

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Welcome to Day 12 of our Countdown to Christmas!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness is one that many folks probably aren’t comfortable with. If you’d like to do this anonymously, let me know, and I will send a card or letter for you. You can send me what you’d like the letter to say via email and I’ll gladly send it along.

Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Write to someone in prison.

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Besides nursing homes, the prisons are full of forgotten, rejected people. Like it or not, they are still part of the human race and outrageously loved by God. Many of the prisoners are inside for crimes of habit. Because of drug or alcohol abuse, they’ve made poor choices. Since the three strikes ruling, our prisons are overflowing.

If you’d like to know more about how to help children of prisoners, a great program to be part of is here: Angel Tree of Prison Fellowship. This beautiful program helps provide gifts to children whose parents are in prison. That’s the worst part of our flawed justice system. It tears families apart.

Today’s Scripture

Luke 2:9-14, TLB

Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened,

10 but the angel reassured them.“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone!

11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem!

12 How will you recognize him? You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger!”

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God:

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang,“and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.”

Today’s Song: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 11

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Welcome to Day 11 of our Christmas Countdown!

Today is our Christmas Program at church. But my heart will also be with the men and women in uniform who are serving our country during this holiday season. Which brings me to this very important Random Act of Kindness:

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Write to someone in military service.

You can do this easily online here: USO Send a Message.

If you don’t know what to say, this website has a lot of great ideas: Operation We Are Here.

Also, check out this great resource if you want to get involved or send a card personally: Cards and Letters

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:8, TLB: 

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep.

Today’s Song: The First Noel

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 10

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Welcome to Day 10 of our Countdown to Christmas!

I love doing the act of kindness scheduled for today!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Donate to a bell ringer. Drive to where one is on purpose to do so.

I honestly would love to be a bell ringer volunteer one day. I haven’t had the privilege of doing so, but I know you can sign up to be a bell ringer here: Register to Ring.

If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy. 

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:7, TLB:

And she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.

Today’s Song: Away in a Manger

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Countdown to Christmas – Day 9

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Welcome to Day 9 of our Christmas Countdown!

I’m excited about this day because it features my favorite song!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Visit someone in the nursing home.

I realize this can be uncomfortable for some folks. But just think how uncomfortable it is for people who have to live there day after day in loneliness and feelings of abandonment? Many have lost all their friends. And younger members of their family are busy raising their children.

If you don’t know anyone you can visit, consider baking or taking treats to the nurses who work there. Nurses are angels on this earth. There’s no occupation I admire more.

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:6:

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.

Today’s Song (My Favorite Christmas Song!):

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Countdown to Christmas – Day 8

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Welcome to day eight of the Christmas Countdown! Today’s Random Act of Kindness is one of my favorites!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Tape change to a vending machine or a bag of microwave popcorn to a video vending machine!

Doesn’t that sound like such fun? Only thing is, I’d want to hide in my car and watch people’s reaction. I might just do that! Please comment below if you do the same!

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:1-5:

About this time Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation.

(This census was taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for this registration.

And because Joseph was a member of the royal line, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, King David’s ancient home—journeying there from the Galilean village of Nazareth.

He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was obviously pregnant by this time.

Today’s Song:

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Countdown to Christmas – Day 7

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Welcome to day seven of our Christmas Countdown!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Wear a Santa hat and pick up litter in your neighborhood or shovel someone’s driveway/sidewalk!

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Today’s Scripture:

Matthew 1:18-25

18 These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph, her fiancé, being a man of stern principle,* decided to break the engagement but to do it quietly, as he didn’t want to publicly disgrace her.

20 As he lay awake considering this, he fell into a dream, and saw an angel standing beside him. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “don’t hesitate to take Mary as your wife! For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a Son, and you shall name him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will save his people from their sins. 22 This will fulfill God’s message through his prophets—

23 ‘Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child! She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called “Emmanuel” (meaning “God is with us”).’”

24 When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded and brought Mary home to be his wife, 25 but she remained a virgin until her Son was born; and Joseph named him “Jesus.”

Today’s Song: Joseph’s Lullaby

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