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Updated November 2016 for #LightTheWorld
Every year since I was a child, I got excited for Christmas when I saw the chocolate advent calendars in the grocery store. I was honestly patient enough to only eat one chocolate a day, usually at night, because then I could dream of Christmas. I still love them as an adult but I wanted something more meaningful.
Studying the scriptures always gives me the extra boost that I need. At this time of year, when things get hectic and crazy, I love taking even just a few minutes to center myself and remember what really is important. The Savior, who is perfect, set the example for us as he studied and knew the scriptures well too.
One of my favorite scriptures is actually one being used for Christmas 2016 as part of #LightTheWorld. It says,
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Having an anxiety disorder, I am often faced with fear, doubt, and find myself overwhelmed fairly often. About two years ago, I felt impressed that if I became better at reading my scriptures daily, they would become a balance and protection for me in combatting this mental illness. While I’m still not the best at reading them, I have become better. And it’s made all of the difference. On the days when I do take some time, even just a few minutes, I feel their peace and power. I’m able to better face the day and use the coping mechanisms I have learned to deal with the anxiety. It’s such a simple thing to read the scriptures and yet the effects and blessings are powerful.
Recently, I went to an activity and we were given a bag full of Hershey’s Kisses that each had a scripture on the bottom. The scripture had something to do with the Savior and it was to help keep Him in our thoughts throughout the season.
I had many friends and family who loved the idea and so I created a printable for all to share. These would make great neighbor gifts, friend gifts, and would even be cute given to each child (especially older children).
I chose to put mine in some cute milk bottles that I found in the Target dollar section. I also included this gift tag that is also available as a printable. You can print these out on sticker paper or use a sticker maker machine (like the Xyron) and punch them out with a 3/4″ punch. You could also use good old tape to put them on the bottoms!
Enjoy the Christmas season and the reminder of what it celebrates.
Note: The scriptures are from the King James Version of the Bible, The Book of Mormon, and The Docterine and Covenants.
The following download has both the scriptures and the tag as pdf files. Below that are the jpg files.
Grab the download here for the kisses here:
Grab the download for the tags here: