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As we begin making all those lists that are a part of celebrating Christmas (gifts to give, personal wish lists, what to bake, decorating, parties and other holiday events, etc.), keeping our hearts and those of our children focused on celebrating in a way that isn't "me" focused is so, so important. Remembering that Christ came to bring peace on Earth, goodwill towards men -- that salvation has come -- is really what it's all about!! Considering how we can be a light that shines in a lost and hurting world as we look forward to gift giving more (yes, more) than receiving is a terrific way to share the love of Christ. Thus, when we asked our children to make up their Christmas wish lists, we also asked them to write up a Christmas gift-giving list.
Like many folks our budget is a little tight, so we're actually focusing as much as possible on making and giving homemade gifts again this year. In the past we've given homemade ornaments, hand-rolled bees wax candles, homemade vanilla extract, muffin mixes for our Heavenly Vanilla Muffins, and have even creatively packaged and given the dry ingredients for our Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. There are so many ways to be frugal with your gift giving! Personally, I enjoy receiving homemade, handmade gifts knowing the skill and love with which each unique and precious item was created. :)
To come up with an idea of what to make for friends and family this year, I did a little research on the web (Martha Stewart and Pinterest are great resources) and have come up with some amazing new ideas. And while I was hesitant to actually "pin" any new finds, I discovered that Pinterest has a new feature that allows you to create up to three private boards visible only to you (and others you may invite). Thank you, Pinterest!
While I can't share here what's on our gift making list (knowing some of my dear friends and family stop by here from time to time), I can assure you we're having a blast as we enjoy the process of creating Christmas gifts and looking forward to celebrating with joy as we give them.
So, have you started Christmas list making, gift making, and planning yet?
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