Our Season of Service

Inspired by some friends of our family, the Marshall family has decided to try a new way of exchanging Christmas gifts in 2012. We hope it will become a wonderful family tradition.
For years, the four Marshall children, their spouses, and their parents exchanged gifts every Christmas, but in 2011, we decided the gift-giving tradition may need a change since we are all so blessed and in need of truly nothing. We decided we needed to find a better way to celebrate the true Christmas spirit.

We suggested that we each perform acts of service in the name of the sibling whose name we were assigned at random. Our service will be kept a secret until Christmas Day.

Our friend drew the names for us and notified each of us privately of the person who should inspire our service. On Christmas Day, we reveal who we were given and how we chose to serve by posting our stories on The Marshall Family Season of Service blog.

We hope this tradition will help us focus on serving our communities and each other during the annual celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

We invite you to come back to our blog on Christmas morning to read this year's service.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Dear Craig,

I have to apologize to you to start because I usually try to serve in some way that is significant my service honoree. But this year, for some reason, I had it in mind that I was serving in honor of Gina, so forgive me if this seems off the mark for you and your interests/talents. This year, I volunteered as part of Birthday Cakes 4 Free, which provides free cakes to financially and socially disadvantaged kids and seniors. My goal was to do four cakes, but they have an abundance of volunteers now, so I only had the opportunity to make and deliver two. But then I had a friend ask me to bring cupcakes for the Young Women's birthdays and I jumped at the chance to at least make one more "cake" to dontate.


p.s. Pictures are in another post.


  1. What a cool organization! I want to do that! Those are beautiful and I am certain those little girls felt so loved! Thanks for thinking of me ;)

  2. Haha. I love cake! So I would not say it it outside of my area of interest. :) thanks. They look nice.