11.12.2012

Wish Lists

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, many are turning their thoughts towards gifts. Gift giving is a blessing that is filled with variety. So many families, so many gift-giving traditions! Today, a Christmas catalog of a new sort arrived in our mailbox. After reading through it and watching my youngest children pouring over it so diligently, I can't help but wonder if perhaps it is time to expand our gift-giving during the holidays.

The catalog came from an organization that provides assistance, clean water, food, educations, and many other necessities to children and families all around the world. The Christmas catalog is filled with items that will benefit a family, a child, or even several families from various areas around the world. An entire water well can be purchased or a share in one, whichever is most affordable. Goats, chickens, cows, sheep, ducks, and a few other animals can be purchased for families to provide milk and eggs for them. These examples are but a few of the options available for blessing others.

As I watched my children get so excited about goats and chickens, I couldn't help but be thankful. Thankful for their sweet spirits that rejoice more in the thought of giving to others than they do when looking at gift ideas for themselves. I know I have said it before, but I am one Blessed Mama.

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Here's an idea to help out readers who need to provide ideas for gifts to family and friends. Amazon.com offers the ability to create a wish list, multiple ones if needed. These lists can be kept private, shared by link, or remain public whichever option fits a person's situation best. Not only this,  items can be added from anywhere on the internet if a person desires. They need not be exclusively from the Amazon website. Lists can also be printed out.
 
No matter whether it works best to send the list electronically via email, facebook, etc. or printed out to send in the mail or take along on actual shopping trips, an option is available for every situation. There isn't any charge either, as far as I could tell. Sending that list of ideas to Grandma just got as easy as one email away.
 
Hope this idea helps everyone who might be looking for a quick and easy way to simplify at least part of their holidays. Of course, this would work beautifully for anytime, not just the holidays. Another thing to be thankful for, small things that make more time for big blessings. 

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