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Hope of Christmas

Christmas is almost here, can you feel it? It’s hard to believe how fast it came this year. As we run around like crazy people I hope we stop to realize why we celebrate Christmas. I feel like each year the message of Christmas gets pushed further away from us. Even the real story of Santa Claus gets over shadowed. Saint Nicholas had the heart of Christ and went about spreading love.

We don’t have to don a red suit, gain weight by eating cookies, or train reindeer to pull a sleigh. We can spread that same love and joy St. Nicholas did with those around us. It’s the nature of the world we live in, things aren’t the best in the financial world. But the power of Christmas has nothing to do with money. It’s hope. Hope in a savior, hope in mankind’s redemption, hope that one day all the suffering will be done away with.  What can we do in the meantime?

First we can “Be Christmas” to others. We can go about helping others, spreading hope and love to those in need. See my post about that here: Be Christmas: Giving

Second, let’s stop running around and just be thankful. We need to spread a little hope in our own lives. I overheard someone in Target complaining that he didn’t have a XBox 360. This wasn’t a teenager either, but a grown man. He was telling his friend, it wasn’t fair, his wife bought him a Wii last year but now he wanted the XBox and blah blah blah. Seriously? I know parents who’s Christmas wish is that they have enough food to eat and warm jackets for their children. I have spent a lot of time teaching my 5 year old that we need to be thankful for what we have. She said to me yesterday that no matter what Santa brought her, she would be thankful and love her toys. That made me smile, I didn’t have to tell her she told me!

This past year I did a photo journal of daily things to be thankful for. It was a reminder of God’s blessings both big and small. I recently looked back at the photos and thought wow, how quickly I lose focus. There is danger when we get so caught up in the current circumstances that we forget the little blessings that are happening all around us. My day can be in a tailspin but if I find one thing to be thankful for it gives me the strength to keep going. I pray that you can always find a silver lining no matter what is happening in your life. After all, Christmas is a season of hope.

 

When doubts filled my mind,your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. -Psalm 94:19

Be Christmas: Giving

During this Christmas season my pastor, Pastor Charlie Whitlow, has challenged our church to “Be Christmas.” Instead of being caught up in the buying, selling, craziness that Christmas has become, to actually remember why we celebrate it. After all, it’s better to give then receive!

When you think of giving during these months you might think of the countless charities calling your house, the bell ringers, and telethons on tv. I’m not saying these aren’t legit ways to give, in fact they can be huge blessings for the people involved. But if you are like me you might not have a lot of extra money to give away. We live on one income which can be a challenge during regular months. Add on the extras you want to purchase during Christmas and things can get pretty tight. I want to suggest others way you can give and “Be Christmas” this year.

Give your time. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food pantry. Offer to Christmas shop for an elderly family member or friend. Help sort gifts for angel tree recipients. There are plenty of non-profits who need extra hands during this time of year. To find them in your area, call your local church or do a search online.

Give your clothes. Take an honest look in your closets. Go ahead I’ll wait. Are you really going to wear that jumper outfit from high school ever again? Or how about those shoes collecting dust? Didn’t think so! I was right there with you. I had large space bags full of clothes from high school and college. Styles I would never wear again but I held onto them because they were so “cool” at the time. Maybe in the future they would be in style again (haha no), and even if they were I still would not where them! So I got honest with myself and went through every closest, drawer, and bag I could fine. I ended up giving away 3 giant black garbage bags full of clothes to a local nonprofit. All the shoes that I never wear, they went in another large trash bag and I gave those away too. It felt liberating to have closest space and being able to close drawers without pushing and shoving.

Give your food. About the same time I emptied my closets I attacked my pantry. We all have bought a ton of food before because it was on a really great sale. If you know you won’t be able to eat it all before the expiration date give it away. Every time you throw away food, you’re wasting money and the opportunity to bless someone else.

Please get your kids involved too. They can help you go through their toys and clothes to donate. My daughter loves getting extra food at the grocery store for mommies and big girls who don’t have enough to eat. It’s important to teach our children at a young age that there are those in the world less fortunate then they are. I believe the younger we start this the better. Then they don’t grow up thinking everything should be handed to them on a silver platter. I also think it’s a great deterrent to the teasing and bullying poorer children face at school. Our kids can learn compassion and mercy for those around them, making the world a better place. Ok, that sounds cliche’ but honestly, you can be having a bad day and all it takes is one person to make your day brighter.

It doesn’t take money to bless someone during this season. God didn’t send money to us He sent His Son. It wasn’t a free gift for Him, it cost Him time and emotions. But how many people have been blessed because of that? Jesus came to this Earth to reunite mankind with God. God has already given the perfect gift to all of us, we just need to unwrap it and be thankful.

 

John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry. -Luke 3:11

 

Fun Finds Friday

I’ve found some great discounts this week!

One of my favorite websites to find inexpensive gifts is vistaprint.com If you sign up for emails they send you coupons all the time! Right now they are running a deal on cards. 20 Customized Cards for $1.99 (normally $12.99) Order at www.vistaprint.com/deckthehalls

Still need to buy presents for your little ones? Radio Flyer is offering 15% off your entire purchase + a $10 gift card to use later. Valid only at radioflyer.com. Enter code: HOLIDAY at checkout (by December 31, 2011)

Ok here is my favorite, and if you know me you can understand why. Starbucks is offering a “One for You, One for Me” deal on their holiday drinks, 2pm-5pm now through the 20th. Also, check out their “Create Jobs for USA” initiative, your donation can help finance small businesses, creating and sustaining jobs.

Don’t forget to enter the Tiny Prints talent search contest! For details check out my post here

I also want to bring your attention to some companies working to help others this holiday season:

Ruckus Media Group is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Hospital to help children with cancer and other deadly illnesses. Purchase a Rabbit Ears Classic Storybook (now until December 31st) and Ruckus Media will donate 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39) to St. Jude. Buy an app and help save a life!

Glad is working with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to support pediatric cancer research through bake sales. To learn more visit their website. And check out Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for more.

Feel free to add to this list in the comments. If you would like your deal or giveaway listed please contact me.

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