Where is this mood this sought after spirit to set the days ahead? So contingent on lights and tinsel and packaging in bows on holiday music droned through cheerily decorated big box stores. So dependent on fond memories of first snow falls and favourite gifts of sipping eggnog around fireplaces and obligatory office parties parades, … More The Mood
It’s a hand on a door an opening that will forever change everything On the other side a reuniting, long lost dry mouth heart pounds swallow hard and turn It’s a mother’s last push an arrival that will forever change everything Into this world a new life, innocence bear down sweat beads crowning scream and … More Advent
Each Advent season leading up to Christmas I find myself reacting negatively to two opposing seasonal realities. One is a reaction against the commercialism surrounding the season, the packed malls, busy streets, and the rushed and rude behaviour ardent Christmas shoppers. The other is a reaction to the mantra that well-meaning people dust off every … More This Year DON’T Keep Christ in Christmas
Don’t get me wrong I have no real problem with charity. There are times when charity is appropriate. This time of the year charity is everywhere in Christmas hampers for the poor, volunteers at soup kitchens, or toys for kids. Sometimes people need, sometimes desparately need, a little charity. The problem with charity is that … More This Year Give a Hand Up not a Hand out
I’m going to keep this short and sweet as its a fairly simple idea. This year make something and give it away as a present. Skip the mall. Bypass Costco. Boycott ebay. This year don’t just be a consumer, be a producer. We’ve all given and received gifts that involved very little thought or effort: … More This Year Make Something and then Give it Away
In part 2 of my Alternative, Guilt Free, Anti-Capitalist, World Changing, Non-Sucking Advent Gift Giving Guide I suggest that you give hope. What does hope look like? What does hope sound like? What does hope smell like??? Well for many people all over the world hope takes the form of a goat. Yes a noisy, … More This Year Give Hope, Give a Goat!!!
That’s right, why not give your presence as a present this year. It’s pretty simple too, just go spend time with someone. Be present. This is not something you can get at the mall or order on Ebay, no it’s something you have to make a conscious decision to do. But I must warn you, in … More This Year Give Presence
Advent is one of my favorite times of the year. I love all the lights, the anticipation, the overflowing goodwill and acts of kindness. If we pay attention the hope of the promise of the advent, literally coming, arrival or presence of Jesus, it becomes tangible and joyous. Advent teaches us to be ready, ready … More Your Alternative, Guilt Free, Anti-Capitalist, World Changing, Non-Sucking Advent Gift Guide