12 Days of Rethinking Christmas

Re-post from last year. But hey, a girl can be proud of a great post, right?

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.

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15 Comments

  1. This? KICKED BUTT. I vote this becomes the official Christmas carol of the new milleniums, CC. And full of practical advice, too.

  2. I, too, love this and totally think you should re-post every. single. year. Without guilt, hesitation or prefacing. You done gooood, my dear. Really, really good. May I link to this?

  3. THAT is a post to be very proud of! Great job!!!

    I’m heading out of town for the week and won’t have an Internet connection. I’ll catch up withy our posts when I get back. But in case I miss you, MERRY CHRISTMAS.

    xo

  4. You are beyond inspiring! Thank you for a wonderful example to follow.

  5. A man named Finite awoke and found himself in a sinkhole full of quick sand. He was sinking very slowly and knew that he would meet certain death.

    A man came along who had holes in his hands. The man threw Finite a rope and told him to grab it and he would pull him to safety.

    Finite looked at the holes in the man’s hands and said, “Your not real.” “It is not scientifically possible for a man to live who has holes in his hands.

    The man with the holes in his hands looked at the guy a little puzzled and said, “You are in a sinkhole and about to die. Your response to my help is to say I’m not real?”

    Finite said, “Well, I like how warm the sand is and I really don’t want to get out. Second, I know I am having an illusion because it is not possible for a man to have holes in his hands and still help me out.” Therefore, morally I like my plight and scientifically, you don’t exist being a mere projection of my mind.

    The man with the holes in his hands said, “Listen, I was sent here by my father to help people out so please let me help you! I will take you to my father’s mansion where you can enjoy life for eternity. Obviously, death was not able to hold me in the grave because the holes in my hands are proof that I overcame death. I now have the power to save you so grab the rope!”

    Finite put his fingers in the ears and said, “Now I know I am hearing things because there is no such thing as eternal life…Everyone dies so I am going to take my turn and just enjoy this warm sand until the end.”

    The man with the holes in his hand said, “If you won’t grab the rope, then I won’t be able to help you…please, please take the rope and I can pull you out. Have faith my friend.”

    A few moments later Finite sunk into the quick sand and out of sight. Finite was surprised that he did not die as expected. He just sat there surrounded by sand, unable to move, unable to breathe, unable to talk with his fingers in his ears. Finite tried to comfort himself by thinking, “I would rather stay here for eternity than believe that the man with the holes in His hand could help me. Faith in that mirage is irrational!!

    So Finite sat in the quicksand for eternity. Day in and day out for eternity Finite was always thinking about the man with the holes in his hands. He would comfort himself thinking, “It was better to not have faith than to believe something that didn’t make sense.”

    The man with the holes in His hands continued to call him for the rest of eternity; however, Finite could not hear his voice because he had plugged his ears.

    The Lesson

    If you are not with Christ, you will be thinking about Christ for eternity anyway… so have faith.

  6. You SHOULD be proud of this one. I remember it from last year, and it is still just as powerful. I love it.
    WELL DONE! 🙂

  7. Oh, I love it! Love it! Thanks for re-posting. I missed it last year.

    Merry Christmas!

    Leslie

  8. well said. we forget that not everyone gets to experience christmas the way we do – or at all

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