Driving around our area and neighborhood it makes my heart swell to see the efforts everyone puts into the exterior of their homes. It really just brings me so much joy. I recently read a short little true story that confirmed to me WHY we decorate and put effort into our homes especially during the Holidays and Christmas Season. And we came up with a way to spread some joy in our neighborhood with some unique Neighbor Gifts!
This is the story in my words…
There was a couple who had different opinions on how to decorate their home at Christmas time, especially what color of lights to use on the exterior. He was color-blind and could see the color blue best. She did not think blue looked like a Christmas color. Being the loving husband he was, he put up traditional lights. He would always take out one white bulb and replace it with one blue bulb. It was a family game and tradition to look for the one blue bulb.
One year he passed away unexpectedly right before Christmas. At his funeral the story was told about the one blue bulb.
A day after the funeral she was home feeling sad and lonely and happened to look out her front window. Among all the white lights was one one blue bulb that her neighbor had strung across their front door. Within a few days many neighbors and friends added blue bulbs to their Christmas Lights. A neighbor even used only blue lights on their Christmas Tree.
Her Christmas was made brighter and her burden of grief was made a little lighter. Her neighbors comforted those that needed comforting. And the memories of her husband came through with a simple Christmas Tradition. Such a great way to show love like Jesus does and did. In your own community.
So this story got me thinking about meeting our neighbors and showing love.
I thought how nice it would be rather than just think “their house looks so festive” or to just snap a picture (talking to myself).
But TELL them.
Tell them you appreciate the effort they put into decorating their homes.
So that is what we did the other night for our family night. Turned on Christmas tunes and drove around admiring all the pretty homes and knocking on doors.
I made these simple cards that say “Thank you for making our neighborhood a little BRIGHTER! Your festive home brings so much JOY!”
You can just save the image below to your photos. I just printed 20 of them online with Walgreens and used a coupon code- they were under $5 to print.
I put together some fun Neighbor Gift Ideas that you could drop off with the note! Even just the card is honestly enough! But these are just some fun, simple gift ideas to have on-hand that you could pickup at the grocery store.
A little box of caramels in a clear plastic bag with a sprig of fresh pine is the perfect little Christmas gesture.
I love to give oranges as neighbor gifts and those breakable chocolate oranges are one of my favorite Christmas treats!
How about giving something practical, a jar of pasta sauce and some festive snowflake pasta shapes.
I don’t know who wouldn’t be happy to have a container of cinnamon rolls they can bake for kids or extra company.
I have done this before- made a bunch of sugar cookies and gave them to a neighbor with the frosting and sprinkles to make with kids.
Here are a couple of the homes we stopped by. Some of them were not home so we are going to go back! My girls just wanted to leave them and run. But I wanted to try to say “Hi” and personally give it to them. Not intrude, just a quick “Merry Christmas!” And after each house my girls were bouncing away. Lola said this is so much fun! Ella said it brings me joy to bring them joy! Basically a Hallmark movie:)
This home was one of the first homes that gave me the idea! When we knocked on her door she was so appreciative and was so thankful that we loved the nativity too. She started to tear up and so did I.
Isn’t this Christmas home so fun? She was on older lady with spots on her face that she told us she just had treated today. She also told us she has been doing this for 40 years and was very kind and thankful we stopped to tell her.
We did leave one in a mailbox. We plan on delivering more tonight so check my Instagram Stories as we are out delivering them! I might share more pictures if I am able to capture them.
If you are looking for other ways to spread some joy and the Light of Christ you can find a wonderful video and ideas HERE.
If you are still looking for Gifts Ideas you can find all my Gift Guides HERE!
PS- Find orignal “One Blue Bulb” story HERE