The Christmas season is here with its siren song of “Buy, Buy, Buy!” and its message that maybe if we purchased one more shiny thing it would fill us up with the happiness and joy we seek. We were made to be givers, not receivers, and I don’t know about you, there is pretty much nothing I need for Christmas…. (although tickets to see the new Mary Poppins movie would sure make me smile!)
What if you could purchase a present for yourself or someone else AND be a blessing to a work that supports other people? You can! Read on.
- Gifting–How to Buy Presents and Do Good
Mary’s Song NEW ORLEANS
Mary’s Song is a faith-based women’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility located in Metairie, Louisiana. Over the last 10 years, Mary’s Song has ministered to hundreds of women through our 12 month restoration program. We have seen countless lives restored and made whole with the love of Jesus Christ. Our program focuses on restoring the whole woman by renewing the mind, body, and spirit. Click HERE to see the products in the Marysong Store. “Change your skin, change a life.”
Soap For A Cause Farm Sweet Farm
2. Reading–So Many Good Books, a Little Bit of Time
The list is endless when it comes to reading choices for the Christmas Season, for kids & grown ups alike. This is culled from the list in my book Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas.
Books for Children, Families & Grown-Ups (online or a used bookstore near you)
- All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings, Gayle Boss
- Home for Christmas: Stories for Young & Old, Henry Van Dyke
- The Fourth Wise Man, Henry Van Dyke (Free online)
- Manger (a poetry collection for children), Lee Bennett Hopkins et al
- One Wintry Night, Ruth Graham Bell
- Santa’s Favorite Story, Hisako Aoki, Ivan Gantschev
- Song of the Stars, Sally Lloyd Jones
- The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry, Illus. by Lisbeth Zwerger
- The Man Who Invented Christmas (Charles Dickens), Les Standiford (ALSO A MOVIE—Released in 2017 with Christopher Plummer as Scrooge
- The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas, Madeleine L’Engle
Books for Grown-ups
- When Holidays Hurt: Finding Hidden Hope Amid Pain and Loss –Bo Stern
- Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting—Daily Readings for Advent-Kris Camealy
- The Glorious Impossible, Illustrations from frescoes by Giotto-Madeleine L’Engle
- The Gospel of Christmas: Reflections for Advent-Patty Kirk
- Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas-John Blase
- Waiting on the Word: A poem a day for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany-Malcolm Guite
- Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent & Christmas-C.S.Lewis, Annie Dillard et al
- The Advent of the Lamb of God-Russ Ramsey
- I ALSO wrote a book for the Christmas season–Advent through Epiphany–called Living the Season Well–You might see it over there on the sidebar. You can order signed copies of LTSW for $10 by clicking HERE with your request and I’ll be in touch.
3. Writing–Buy this journal, change the world
‘Journal’ is one of those nouns which has become a verb, as in, “Do you journal?” There’s something weighty about that question, as if the practice held a particular sort of magic by getting one’s thoughts down on paper.
What if you could combine the outpourings of your heart on paper with doing good in the world? A kind of macro-effect for a micro-purpose? A common place journal. Well, my friends, you c a n. I’m here to tell you about August Blanks journals.
The August Blanks mission is simple: (from their website)
BUY ONE BOOK and WE GIVE ONE BOOK to the NEEDY on your behalf. You can even track who gets the book. www.augustblanks.com.
Can you imagine a day in school without notebooks? Sadly, this scenario is commonplace in various places in Southeast Asia and Africa. While we continue to make tremendous progress in digital education techniques, there is a world around us that is struggling for access to even the basic needs of school – Notebooks.
We have identified initially few such schools in poverty-ridden areas of India, Africa and Myanmar as part of our initiative to help these children in their schools.
As our pilot project, we decided to start AUGUST BLANKS as an organization with the theme BUY ONE, GIVE ONE. We enable people to buy excellent quality notebooks for excellent prices and for each notebook they buy, we would give one notebook on their behalf to the child who needs it.
It is time to step up our efforts, our contributions in any meaningful way so that we can bridge the wide disparity between the digital generation and the absolute poor.
Think more, write more and give more! Buy one, Give one!
August Blanks journals are super affordable, so it’s a win-win deal. $5.00 for their “Five subject, all-in-one notebook.” just click HERE.
- August blanks Blue colored 5 subject notebook size 9.5” x 5.9”
- 200 sheets (400 pages) sheet perforated pages easily tear out.
- Includes pocket page divider to separate subjects, store loose sheets,
- A place for everything—divide your thoughts into works in progress, Bible notes, Sermon notes, poetry ideas, quotes you love. The possibilities are endless.