Why not try to make this Christmas a little simpler than in the past? The real meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with buying as much stuff as possible for all your friends and family. Consider simplifying your Christmas and making a difference in the world. Instead of buying things you don’t need, make a donation to Presbyterian World Service and Development. You can choose a project in the “Something Extra” catalogue and provide a home for families caring for AIDS orphans, supply a family with seeds to diversify their crops, or send a child in an urban slum to school. You can make a donation in honour of a loved one through “Gift of Hope.” You give the gift and then a card is sent to your loved one. You can also give a gift through PWS&D to respond to urgent needs around the world when there is a hurricane, flood, or crisis somewhere in the world. Give online through Presbyterian World Service and Development.
For more simple ideas for reducing Christmas Chaos and enjoying a Christ-centered holiday, pick up a copy of “Whose Birthday is it anyway?” in the entranceway at the church, or go to the Alternatives for Simple Living website.
Advent Calendars from the Presbyterian Church in Canada are also available for you to pick up in the entranceway. Open the door each day, starting on December 1st, and follow the story of Maria’s Christmas in Guatemala.