Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Real Spirit of Christmas


There's a voracious vibe hanging in the air. Eyes flicker with the sentiment of more! more! more! It must be Christmas time. It's difficult to uncover the real, charitable focus of the season under all the materialism but you can find it if you decide not to be distracted by all the other nonsense. I don't enjoy shopping at all but I do get a kick out of choosing gifts from my favorite charities.  Instead of trolling through aisles filled with plastic doodads and electronic gadgets, I browsed through vaccines, mosquito nets and water kits for children all over the world. The Unicief  Inspired Gift program allows you to purchase these life-saving supplies on behalf of a friend or family member. They also get a card with a photo and description of the gift. I also perused chickens, rabbits, pigs and goats for the perfect present. Women in war torn countries learn to rebuild their lives through animal husbandry, farming and work initiatives provided by Women For Women International.. The Gifts That Give Back program supplies women with gifts of animals, farming tools, and education to help them become self-sufficient.  My mom's not a huge fan of animals but she'll like the rabbit that I gave in her honor. In light of the natural disasters that have been hitting all over the planet, I like to make donations to Doctors Without Borders to help out. Their Tribute Donations program allows you to commemorate the holiday or other special occasion with a tribute letter mailed to your person of honor. So if you're still stuck with a gift list at this point, please consider these ideas that capture the real spirit of Christmas.

13 comments:

A Cuban In London said...

That's a very thoughtful post and I'm ashamed to say that it'd never crossed my mind to do something like that. Good on you!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Greetings from London.

eden said...

This is really great. Thank you for sharing the idea.I will check out the links.

Happy Holidays.

Wendy said...

Lovely idea. I'm a huge fan of Doctor's Without Borders. Happy Holidays!

Fly Girl said...

Cubano, given that you're not into Christmas, I know you haven't been thinking too deeply about gifts but consider it an alternative to the malls!

Eden,Thanks!

Wendy, Doctors Without Borders does exceptional work, I hope they get lots of support.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Well written. It is the real spirit of Christmas.

Have a good one!

Fly Girl said...

Jean-Luc, thanks! Happy Holidays!

John from Newark said...

The happiness you feel is very different if you help someone who's in need.

Fly Girl said...

John, it makes all the difference! Thanks for visiting.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Well said! I've agreed with most of my family not to exchange gifts (or, only small tokens)... I don't like it when Christmas becomes all about presents.

Fly Girl said...

Rachel, that's a great family decision. We still exchange presents in my family but I always remember to also give charitable gifts.

Catherine said...

happy new year 2011 - it has been a pleasure reading your blog this year....Greetings from mexico..

Fly Girl said...

Catherine, happy new year to you too! Thanks for the gifts of your vivid Mexico posts.

Kimberly said...

Have a wonderful trips this new year! Love the shots, I wish I could run these safari.