Guidelines for Alternative Giving

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Guidelines for Alternative Giving


Giving is at the heart of Christmas! We remember God's great gift by giving to others. Given human nature and the commercialization of Christmas, "getting" sometimes seems more prominent than giving," and giving to "our own" sometimes has more importance than giving to the one whose birthday we celebrate. It doesn't have to be that way. We can give in a way that honors the birth of Christ, expresses our love to our family and friends, and our concern for the earth.

These Guidelines are designed to assist individuals, families or groups who want to be more intentional in their giving. The Guidelines are intended to be suggestive, not inclusive. In the end, it is you who must set the guidelines for your giving.

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Remember Whose Birthday It Is!

When we celebrate a birthday we give gifts to the person whose birthday it is. Moreover, we are careful to choose what that person expressly wants and needs.

Is there any doubt as to what Jesus wants us to give him? He pointedly insists that in order to give to him, we must find him in the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned.

Gifts of our time, skills and money to support ministries to "the least of these" are the beginning points-not afterthoughts-of gift giving at Christmas. Will you consider covenanting with the mem­bers of your household to spend in time, skills and money an amount equal to 25% of what you spent on last year's Christmas celebration?

WARNING: You probably do not have the time or money to do everything you have done before and add this. The Christmas birthday gifts must replace some of the time and money invested before.

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Plan Your Gift Giving!

Consider the person, your own time, skills and money and PLAN your gift. Suggestions:

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Give Yourself

The GIVING of gifts is essential for human relations. The traditional PURCHASE of gifts is essential only to our convenience and profits for business. The highest form of giving is the giving of one's self:

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Buy With Conscience!

Consider these questions:


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