Monday, December 14, 2009

Redefining Christmas

Almost exactly a year ago, I told you Mamas about a terrific organization dedicated to a more charitable holiday season. Redefine Christmas is still around and stronger than ever. What are they about? Well, they're not out to reinvent the holiday. They just want us--all of us--to take another look at how we define gift giving and receiving. They want us to consider giving more charitable gifts--gifts that give multiple times, "to the giver, the receiver and to people truly in need."

This is gift giving for the 21st century: sustainable and sustaining.

Not convinced yet? Consider this: The amount of money we spend in this country on candy alone in the last three months of the year exceeds the annual budgets of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and Habitat for Humanity combined. I don't think anyone would argue that we could do with less candy and more caring in America, especially at this time of year.

So consider giving a gift that goes a little bit farther than usual this year. Don't know where to get started? I have a few ideas. And so do the charitable elves at Redefine Christmas. Happy giving!

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