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Monday, November 1, 2010

The History of the Gates Family Season of Service

The family of Ed and Kriss Gates have started a new family tradition to celebrate the Christmas season. For years, the six Gates children and their spouses exchanged gifts every Christmas, but in 2009, with families spread across five state throughout the country, we decided the gift-giving tradition was too costly and difficult. We decided we needed to find a better way to celebrate the true Christmas spirit.

Amy, the second Gates child, suggested that instead of the commercialized practice of buying small gifts and paying high shipping costs, we each perform acts of service in the name of the sibling whose name we were assigned at random.

Our good friend Carrie Collins drew the names 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 Gates Family Season of Service blog.

We love how this tradition has helped 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. If you would like to read about past years, here are two links to guide you:

A few friends have started this tradition in their family. If you do, we would love to hear about your experience. And if you allow, we will link to your blog and ask you to link back to ours.


  1. Thanks Chuck! This is beautiful!

  2. A great tradition has begun! These were all great ideas and I'm sure you all had a special Christmas because of it. You are a great family, an inspiration to us all! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

    and Merry Christmas!

  3. I decided that I propose that Mitzi (the superwoman that she is) designs a book for us with all our our posts, with the pictures, writing, and comments also! What does everyone else think?!