My Christmas List

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, this is worth the read. Our family has never put a big emphasis on gifts, even less as we got older. We wanted to avoid the stress of the mall, the “I have to find SOMETHING” wastes of money, the financial burden. But maybe, we still were getting it wrong. The right sentiment, but the wrong conclusion.
Do you really NEED another pair of shoes, another sweater, the bling? Do you need it as much as the mother who is struggling to put ANYTHING in her child’s mouth? To have water that isn’t going to give her dysentery?
Maybe instead of giving nothing, we should have been giving to those who REALLY need something for Christmas…

When Christmas Gets Radical: Whose Birthday Is It Really?

After you have chewed on that…hear this.  There are a lot of organizations that will still allow you to buy gifts and still support the moms I mentioned above. 

http://www.theopenarmsshop.com/

http://www.tukula.org/ (LOVE these bags!)

http://heavenlytreasures.org/ 

These are just a few…do you know of any?  Please share in the comments below!

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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