Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Count Down To Christmas #4 Christmas in August

Welcome to our 4th week of Counting Down To Christmas I want to thank all the bloggers that have already joined us.  You are making this project very fun for me!

Last week I promised I would share why August is especially a special time for me to think of Christmas.  When I was a child I loved going to church. 

One of the programs I attended was Girls in Action or G.A.'s as we called it.

G.A.'s was the missions activities/discipleship program for girls.  We learned all about missionaries all over the world.   We learned about famous missionaries.  We learned about the countries where they served.  In fact at times it was a real geography and history lesson and I really think I learned more in G.A.s than I did at school.


G.A.'s was a program a little like Girl Scouts in that you had to complete projects and activities to more up in the levels of the program.   I don't really remember all the levels but they were named after royalty like: Princess, Lady in Waiting and Queen. 
Each year there was a huge program at the end of the year and the girls received crowns and other items as awards for completing the levels.  It was a big event.  We wore fancy dresses. 

Christmas in August is just one project that we participated in.  It was a learning project and a hands on project


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Christmas In August is a program to help missionaries by providing them with resources and things they need for the ministry that they do.  They provide a 'wish list' of items that would be helpful to them in their service. 

The first Christmas in AugustTM was a project of the Sunbeam Band of the First Baptist Church of Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1927.  The full story is here.   When the project began it provided needed items for foreign missionaries and was planned in August to give the 'gift's time to make it through the mail to the recipients. 

Through the years there have been changes to the program and now it focuses on home missionaries. 

The time that I spent in the G.A. program is very special to me.  I really enjoyed it and I have some wonderful memories.   

If you have memories of G.A.'s and Christmas in August I would love for you to share them here at our Count Down To Christmas link. 

The linky is open all week.  No real rules just links about Christmas.  It would be nice if you commented and visited the other links.  And followed me! 

Thank you for allowing me to share my special Christmas In August memories with you. 

And one more thing before the link up.  Beginning with this weeks linky party I will be choosing my favorite post from last week.
Today the honor goes to Sara at Magnolia Surprise Click Here 
Sara shared a wonderful post about the great crocheted Christmas items she is making.  Here's a sneak peak . . .


I love these stars!  I have to have some!

Now on with the party.  Link up!






















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