As a family, we’ve really tried to become more and more intentional with our holiday season every year, to find ways to celebrate Christmas beyond the stuff. It’s a topic I’ve shared about in past years quite a bit, hoping to give others ideas on making Christmas matter in meaningful, less materialistic ways. Ways that get back to the babe in the manger. Ways that celebrate relationship and not stuff.
One piece of making Christmas matter for us is giving gifts that make a difference. Adrian heads up an Advent Conspiracy event each year with our students, so our family uses that time to make gifts by hand and donate the money saved to clean water. It’s truly one of the highlights of the season for us and one of my favorite youth events of the year. For the few gifts we do purchase, we aim for gifts that give back in some form or fashion.
Maybe you have that hunkering to get beyond the stuff this holiday?
To go deeper?
To spread the hope that is the message of Christmas?
Take a moment to watch the following video. I think you’ll sense the excitement that rises when you give hope, not just things.
It is the desire of WorldHelp that “these gifts will impart eternal hope in the lives of every man, woman, and child [they] reach. Each item in this year’s collection of gifts has been hand-picked for its unique ability to radiate a hope that lasts.”
WorldHelp does a beautiful job putting together this very meaningful gift catalogue. Having been with them to Guatemala on two trips, I can tell you it’s a true blessing to walk through one of their villages and see chickens running through the yards, or kids in donated school uniforms, or people drinking from a clean water source for the first time.
photos: Suzanne Charette
Beats a new set of lotion or another tie any day, right?
What are some ways that you and your family Make Christmas Matter?