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Meaningful giving, going without and a Rosary Bracelet Giveaway!

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!!
 
I am going to keep this particular post short today, but I have ideas swirling in my head for a couple posts this week.  This week I would like to spend some time on sharing my thoughts on intentional giving at Christmas and just plain learning to go without.  This whole thing was sparked by seeing the Christmas Bells on the Angel Tree in the back of our church again.  I have written about this before and my reaction each year gets stronger.  As I see "bells" that list video games and bicycles, gifts that children who are "poor" in our country desire for Christmas, I am reminded that half a world away there are children who are orphaned, or  sleep on dirt floors, or some that do not have food; these children want gifts so much more simple, so much more necessary than those in our own nation.
 
This idea was also sparked when a good friend shared this link from Ann Voskamp's blog. If you have not read it yet, please do so! It is thought provoking.
 
In the mean time, I am going to giveaway an "intentional gift." 
 
 
 This gift is a rosary bracelet made by women in China who are in crisis pregnancy and are praying for the chance to give their babies life! I will share more about this gift and other, good gifts you can give to others that will help others around the world later this week. 
 
 But, for now, leave a comment and tell me what sort of gifts you like to give at Christmas?  Are there homemade gifts that you make for others to make giving a bit more meaningful?  Are there companies that do good and you love to support.  Share your thoughts and links below and earn entries to this giveaway!

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Comments

  1. For me the best gift is a practical one. Of course the person would have to know me well to know what a practical gift means to me. For example, just a gift card to Lowes (we have a million home projects we could use that on) would be super-practical and super-appreciated. What I don't need is more "decorations" for my house as I have way too many and no place to put them. Anything to be eaten (baked goods, etc) are always nice, for two reasons: They taste yummy! And they won't last so you don't have to worry about storing them somewhere! Nice for a small house. :-)

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  2. That rosary is beautiful! We only do one bigger gift for each child and try to tailor it just to them. Stockings are mainly for things they "need" - socks. underwear, toothbrush but I admit, I got a few little fun things to put in there as well this year. For the past few years we've given our parents and grandparents a gift through the Food for the Poor catalog - chickens, a goat, etc. It made so much more sense than buying them something random we weren't sure they needed or wanted and their charity is very well run. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I'm a fan of Kiva.Org (microloans to help people in the 3rd world start businesses) and the Heifer Project (gifting of animals and agricultural products to help people to be self-sufficient) because both are a way of helping other people in a way that empowers them.

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  4. Such a beautiful rosary and I'm looking forward to your posts to come. My husband and I are always trying to find ways to live more simply but find it hard (especially around the holidays) since our parents and siblings are ones to go all out in buying gifts for our boys. While we're very grateful we already see our little toddler (the oldest) having expectations. While we try to do things simply in home we are still trying to figure out the ins and out of holidays.

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  5. We like to bake treats for our coworkers as gifts, and this year we are doing the 3 gifts per kid rule (like how Jesus got 3 gifts) and I'm loving it already!!

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  6. I make handmade quilts for family and friends. roddjackson at hotmail dot com

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  7. I make homemade quilts for family and friends
    roddjackson at hotmail .com

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  8. I love when people make candy and cookie trays for the holidays

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