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Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? #27

An Advent and Christmas Resource for Families, Individuals and Churches

WHOSE Birthday? is for your personal inspiration, community education and sharing.

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Choose from 20 daily Advent/Christmas guides/calendars. Some are lectionary-based, some are thematic. Copy your choice on recycled paper as a bulletin insert, in your own Advent-Christmas booklet or as a series in your weekly service bulletin.

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Table of Contents

Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

An Advent and Christmas Resource for Families, Individuals and Congregations

Brief Introduction

Reflections & Activities

Xmas Gift Equation and Priceless Gifts by Susan Vogt

Saving Forgetful Old St. Nick and O Holy Night at the Clothes Closet by Melodie Davis

Simple enough: Advent Devotions by Bob Sitze -- Sorry, no longer available
Ready? / Ready to rust? / Ready to run? / Ready to rumble? / Ready to rouse? / Ready to root? / Ready to rock and roll? / Ready to roar? / Ready to reveal? / Ready to return? / Ready to restore? / Ready to reap / Ready to ramble? / Ready to rage?

'The Slaughter of the Holy Innocents of Sandy Hook Elementary,' chapter 8 of Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (2015) by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Get this touching, insightful book from your local public library.

'Keep Herod in Christmas,' chapter 16 of We Make the Road by Walking (2014) by Brian McLaren. Get this insightful book from your local public library.

'Putting Herod Back Into Christmas' by Joy Carroll Wallis, Sojourners

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  • Eco-Justice Ministries' weekly commentaries Advent/Christmas archives
  • Center for a New American Dream: How to Host an Alternative Gift Fair
  • New Celebrations: Resources that reflect a more healthy, a more sane, a more theologically correct approach to more meaningful celebration of Christmas and other holidays.
  • Advent Conspiracy
  • Mustard Seed Associates (GodSpace)
  • Buy Nothing Day
  • Buy Nothing Christmas
  • Becoming Minimalist: The Helpful Guide to Simple Christmas Links
  • Simple Christmas
  • GospelLiving.org (The Pastoral Center)

  • Brief Introduction

    A quick internet search for 'simplifying Christmas' yields 2,370,000 results. To the average person, that would seem insurmountable. Why bother?

    The articles for 'WHOSE Birthday?' #27 are drawn largely from colleague sites, groups that we trust. So, if you read some of the articles here and then snoop around on the site, we're confident that you will not be drawn into a scam.

    The content of this edition of 'WHOSE Birthday?' is not the same as the podcast. The podcast is taken from the audio tracks of a previous edition of 'WHOSE Birthday?' So, this year you get a two-fer.

    NOTE: The Creative Commons license only applies to the content on this site. Since most of the content of this edition is not on this site, contact the owner of the content you choose before you make copies.

    DIY WHOSE Birthday?

    The classic Advent/Christmas resource 'Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? is available in multiple formats in 2015 to meet your personal, family and community needs. 'Whose Birthday?' 2010 was the last edition distributed on paper. Since then I have published it on the internet.

    'Whose Birthday?' #27 is a new, free online collection. Use as much as you need in print or online. Also, contribute your art and articles to SLW! for it.

    'Whose Birthday?' #16 is scheduled for release as a SLW! podcast series late this fall. This legacy resource can also be used as text or audio. It's calendar matches the lectionary cycle (C).

    DIY 'Whose Birthday?' Yes, you can produce our own customized, do-it-yourself 'Whose Birthday?' You're welcome to assemble and copy a version that meets your local needs. All of our resources and service are now free of charge.

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