12 Days of Rethinking Christmas

On the first day of Christmas
my true love said, “Think Globally.”
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff under a tree.


Photo by carf

On the second day of Christmas
my true love said, “Give Globally.”
A clothing check to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.


Photo by Gregor Rohrig

On the third day of Christmas
my true love said, “Act Locally.”
Collecting items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.


Photo by Tommy Huynh

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love said, “Live Debt-Free.”
Small gifties received as freebies.
Items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.


Photo by SpacePotato

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love said, “Give gifts from me .”
Homemade blueberry jam.
Gifties received as freebies.
Items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love said, “Love Globally.”
Money to world-wide missions.
Homemade blueberry jam.
Gifties received as freebies.
Items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.


Photo by mick y

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love said, “Sights to See!”
Gazing at lights not malls.
Money to missions.
Homemade blueberry jam.
Gifties received as freebies.
Items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.


Photo by drp

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love said, “Water Should Be Free.”
Supporting Living Water.
Gazing at lights not malls.
Money to missions.
Homemade blueberry jam.
Gifties received as freebies.
Items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.


Photo by Esther Havens at Living Water Intl.

On the ninth day of Christmas
My true love said, “No more than three.”
Three dollar toys from yard sales.
Supporting Living Water.
Gazing at lights not malls.
Money to missions.
Homemade blueberry jam.
Gifties received as freebies.
Items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas
My true love said, “Give out yummy.”
Neighbors get my pumpkin bread.
Three dollar toys from yard sales.
Supporting Living Water.
Gazing at lights not malls.
Money to missions.
Homemade blueberry jam.
Gifties received as freebies.
Items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.


Photo by Jill – Glossy Veneer

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My true love said, “Honor creativity.”
Masterpieces sent to relatives.
Neighbors get my pumpkin bread.
Three dollar toys from yard sales.
Supporting Living Water.
Gazing at lights not malls.
Money to missions.
Homemade blueberry jam.
Gifties received as freebies.
Items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love said, “Advent Conspiracy.”
Rethinking Christmas.
Masterpieces sent to relatives.
Neighbors get my pumpkin bread.
Three dollar toys from yard sales.
Supporting Living Water.
Gazing at lights not malls.
Money to missions.
Homemade blueberry jam.
Gifties received as freebies.
Items for students’ families.
Clothing to our sponsored child.
‘Cause Christmas is more than stuff and a tree.

See more Reinventing Christmas ideas here and Works for Me here.

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35 Comments

  1. Oh. my. GOODNESS. And you were worried about coming up with something just yesterday!!! Lady, you are one creative genius and I LOVE this post. What a great way to remind ourselves that Christmas isn’t about packages, trinkets, ribbons, and candies. Thanks so much for playing along and linking this post!!!!

  2. This is great.
    Wish everyone thought this way…
    Thumbs up!

  3. brilliant. This pulled at my heart! We have a little sponsored Haitian child and it makes me just think about him so much! love this post!

  4. What a great message. I especially like “gazing at lights not malls.”

  5. (enthusiastic clapping)

    Thank you, CC. Although I must admit that no one (and I do mean NO ONE) would want my homemade blueberry jam.

  6. Guess what? You just demonstrated that you do indeed have super powers.

    Wonderfully, wonderfully done.

    Thank you for this.

  7. This is just fabulous!

    And, I wish that I was your neighbor so I could get some of that pumpkin bread!

  8. Wow. That is really cool. Absolutely amazing.

  9. Very creative way to reinforce the reason for this season. There is so much more to it than gifts!

    Thanks for the reminders.

  10. As always…you are fabulous…so I’m giving you a bloggy award…again…come by and snag it….

  11. This is a wonderful post, well written and tells the true story doesn’t it! I love it!

  12. CC this was wonderful!! I went to stumble it, as I loved it so much, but someone beat me too it – it was FABULOUS!!!

    Take care- Kellan

  13. Wow, this is an amazing post! Just the reason I love coming to your blog!

  14. This is a really great post that encompasses a lot of the things that have been on my mind this holiday season.

    Love it!!!

  15. This is such an amazing post. I just love this list. Such an inspiration and a great reminder of what the season is all about.

  16. Beautiful. Awesome post. Great to hear someone who truly gets what the conspiracy is about. To that end, I’ve also tried to put in my 2 cents by setting up something of an Advent Conspiracy Shopper’s Guide, for anyone who might be interested.

    Grace and Peace,
    Raffi Shahinian

  17. Wow CC. Just wow. Haven’t been by in awhile. So glad to see this. (Our class is forgoing Teacher gifts, and recycling for one month to donate to csdw.org). Kudos to you!

  18. Great post but I couldn’t get the video to work. Did you come up with that all yourself? Is the video of you singing the song, because if it isn’t, that would be great to see.

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