In this episode. . .
Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? A radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features: Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster (by K. DiAn Kempf Jones, inspired by the book UNPLUG the Christmas Machine) + Reflections, an Alternative Giving letter and making a Christmas Tree-Shirt
COMING next episode: Whose Birthday? – 2, featuring “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Reflection + Real Life Experience
SEASONAL HELPS from Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth (published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum)
- Alternative Christmas Campaign
- Christmas article index (scroll down)
- Organizing a Festival
- Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (Story of Jason)
- Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop
- How to Organize an Alternative Christmas Community Festival
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
- New Year’s Day
- Emancipation Day (January 1)
- Epiphany (January 6)
Most of the following AV resources are part of this “Whose Birthday?” radio series.
- Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go: audio workshop
- UNPLUG the Christmas Machine: Leader’s Guide (audio and text)
- The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Carols with Justice sing-along
- What Does Jesus Want for Christmas? (pageant)
- Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster (by K. DiAn Kempf Jones, inspired by the book “UNPLUG the Christmas Machine”)
- Whose Birthday? (5 of 24 editions have audio versions)
More TEXT Resources
(no accompanying audio/visual)
- 15 Christmas Packets
- An assortment of Advent/Christmas Calendars
- Christmas Anthologies to read alone or aloud
- Christmas Campaign Kit, including Gratitude and Alternative Giving Cards
- Advent/Christmas Articles Index
- Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art: Celebrating Advent/Christmas
- Worship Alternatives: Advent/Christmas
- Thematic Index: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany
- Alternatives’ Legacy Resource: Voluntary Simplicity Study/Action Guide deals primarily with celebrations.
- Also, To Celebrate: Jan.-Feb. (catalog #6).
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We at Simple Living Works! believe that simple living really does work! Voluntary Simplicity, choosing to live simpler lives, is a faithful, satisfying and effective lifestyle. Contemporary faith-based simple living is guided by the five Life Standards of Living More with Less, the classic by Doris Janzen Longacre. I discussed those standards in episode 2. The Mission of SLW! is “equipping people of faith to 1. challenge consumerism, 2. live justly and 3. celebrate responsibly.” The three parts of our Mission are elaborated in text and video at these links. We extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | THEMES/Seasons Index | Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24
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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist
Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits. Guest Voices: Rita Iversen; Three friends: Angela Iversen, Jaronika Dancy and Gabby Preciado. Photo credit (Christmas Tree-Shirt and kids): Jana Fickbohm. The Whose Birthday? radio series, originally produced by Peter Iversen, has been slightly edited to remove dated information.