My Favorite Christmas Gift

December 23, 2011

Christmas gift giving traditions in our families range from going all out to no exchange at all. I love them all but my favorite tradition is the one Seth and I started when we were married. Every year we pick a cause that’s important to the other person and gift a donation in their name. We agree on the amount before hand and then write each other a card describing how their gift will benefit others and why it was chosen for them. Our Christmas cards to each other are best described as love letters that bring great warmth and treasure to our lives. We lift each other up in these cards, fondly remembering the qualities that brought us so close to begin with and our compassion for this broken world. It is the best gift any of us can give or receive.

Now, you may be thinking that sounds wonderful but you feel more like a charity case yourself. The great thing about giving to God is that he can use any contribution and multiply it for his purpose. The point is not how much money we can give, but how much faith, for with God nothing shall be impossible!

If you are interested in looking into organizations that use “More with Less” principles, the following are our favorites: Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Economic Development, and Mennonite Disaster Service.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Blessings in the New Year!


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