Monday, December 07, 2009

Christmas Can Still Change the World..

Last year, we started a new Christmas tradition. We gave no gifts and filled the days leading up to Christmas day with activities: crafts, baking, games and scavengar hunts. Much of our family joined us and gave us money instead and we were able to send money to Living Water International towards putting wells to provide clean water to a whole city in Rwanda. You can read about it HERE and HERE. After Christmas, we took a much needed vacation to Disney World. This year, we knew many people closer to home that were in need of financial help so we kept our charity closer to home. Since a Disney World vacation isn't in the budget every year, we have elected to give the girls one present each (more on that later). It is our desire that we teach our children that Christmas is a time to focus on relationships and others, because of our relationship with Jesus, rather than getting all the stuff that they want and don't actually need. Will you join me this year in sharing a much better story with our children?



3 comments:

Lynn Ellis said...

Imagine if all the kids wanted to help others instead of get everything they see advertised on TV. I love the "Advent Conspiracy Video."
-Lynn

Jay said...

:) I remember you doing this last year, and thinking it was great then too.

You're such a good person. I'm lucky to know you and even more blessed to call you friend. I love you.

Supabloggasuprememama said...

we're working on the saaaame thing. ugh.