Shopping with HEART and making SMART choices at CHRISTMAS time.
- Make your large purchases with small business, and your small purchases at big box stores. That way you are spreading the love around where it is needed the most.
- Buy second hand for yourself when you can, and treat yourself to a brand name product once a year (if you absolutely have to).
- Write and wrap gift notes for others, and then buy the actual product after Christmas when it is half the price. The amount saved could be given away to a neighbour, or charity.
- Decide to watch programs over the holidays that have zero violence.
- Boycott watching anything with guns or shooting.
- When you realize that means you can’t watch anything – go outside for a walk or call up a friend, and make a snowman together.
- Instead of playing a computer game by yourself, get together with a friend and play a board or dice game.
- Shut your phone for off for a whole day, and listen to your family. No cheating.
- Instead of giving someone money, give them your time and attention.
- Invite someone over for tea and dessert, you don’t always have to cook a fancy menu.
- Write a list of people you want to get to know in the New Year, and write an annual intentional date on the calendar.
- Support home grown talent by buying their music.
- Promote purchases and not pirating.
- Smile and make a point of wishing everyone you see a “Merry Christmas” (out loud, and not under your breath).
- Make time to look up inspirational vignettes on youtube, like Linus’s recitation about what Christmas is all about.
- Set up a nativity scene on Christmas Eve.
- Purchase a special Children’s Christmas book each year to read on Christmas Eve, even if all the children are grown up.
Have fun adding to this list. Make it your own. And may we truly strive to uphold what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8 and 9).