A Season of Giving 2013

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A Season of Giving
It’s time to get started with our third annual “A Season of Giving” here at 11 Magnolia Lane.  This is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season.  It can be far too easy for me, as a decorator and a blogger, to get wrapped up in making my house look like a Pinterest board or a magazine photo, especially during the holidays. This is my annual reminder to slow down and concentrate on the things that make the holiday important, and for my family, that’s showing Christ’s love to others through giving and service.

We’re going to do something a little different with the series this year.  I’ve created a calendar for the entire 24 days (it’s below) that you can print out or pin, so you can see an overview of what we have planned for our month.  Obviously, these are just ideas that work well for me, Amy, and Terry–you can mix, match, add, delete, do some, do all–you get the idea!  Then, daily throughout December, we will use social media to go into more detail about each day’s activities.  So, please take this opportunity to follow us, so you can stay up-to-date:



We’ll be posting on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter each day, and I’ve also created a Pinterest board {here} that you will be able to see if you follow any of the three of us via Pinterest.   If you’d like to share any of these posts with your friends, then of course please feel free to do so–the more, the merrier!

Some of these activities take more than a day to complete.  For example, when we gather coats or canned food, we usually give our friends and neighbors up to a week to drop off items at our homes, and then we deliver them  (lots of people want to give at this time of year and are more likely to do so when you make it easy for them).  So on December 5th, I’ll put out the word that I’m collecting coats, and then finish up that act of giving the next week.  You can obviously adjust the schedule to fit your needs–this is just a guideline!

Here’s the calendar for this year:

season of giving acts of kindness Christmas calendar

{Click on image to download and print}

We’re really looking forward to making a difference in our communities this Christmas.  Will you join us?!

Also, don’t forget that our Holiday Open House starts with a bang (and an awesome giveaway) next Monday, and thanks for stopping by!


11 Mag Lane Holiday Open House button Final


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