What I Love About Christmas and a Great Holiday Gift Guide

“Deep in the night

The voices of the waves on the shore

Announced to us: Christ is born!

Son of the King of kings

From the land of salvation,

The mountains glowed to Him,

The plains glowed to Him,

Then shone the sun on the mountains high to Him.

All hail, let there be joy.

In me, Lord Christ, let there be joy.”

Taken from Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community

Cats are the best gift of all!

Cats are the best gift of all!

The thing I love most about Christmas is spending time with friends and family. We celebrated the season with friends last weekend by hosting a party at our home. It was a nice, relaxing evening of laughter, comfort food, Christmas mimosas and even some holiday trivia! Next week will be family week…which will pretty much carry on into the new year, when we go on a week-long cruise with my family and my husbands family– aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, a big group of us!

When it comes to gift-giving, I think it’s more about the thought put into buying one awesome gift than a handful of gift cards and candles! I’ve got some great ones in store this year, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share a great list of gifts that empower women, compiled by one of my favorite bloggers, Sarah Bessey. If you’re still looking for something unique, and want to make a difference by empowering women, there are some pretty great buys here. Here are just a few:

Krochet Kids: “Their mission is to empower people to rise above poverty. Through their efforts, over 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future in creating gifts that give back.”

Noonday Collection: “Noonday offers you the opportunity to use your purchasing power to create change in the world {while looking really good along the way}. Your fashion sense can now restore dignity to abandoned women in Ethiopia, empower communities in Ecuador, and create business opportunities for Ugandans. Orphan care and prevention remain a core value.”

Trades of Hope: “Trades of Hope empowers women to create sustainable businesses worldwide. They want women to realize their potential as world changers, business owners, dream creators, and heroes of their own stories. So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity.  Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have AIDS. These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.”

To check out more, visit Sarah Bessey’s blog here.

Merry Christmas, and good luck with the holiday shopping!

Melissa

 

 

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