I have been making my Christmas list and checking it more then once. From decorations outside and in, foods, social events, crafts and gifts, I find I am putting a lot of time, energy and yes, money into this season. I struggle with this because sometimes I think that the only ones to really appreciate all this spent energy and money are the shareholders of the mega stores I frequent this time of year. Oh I know my family appreciate and look forward to all out traditions, but the joy of Christmas is slipping through my fingers as I try to find meaning to all this indulgence.
The loved ones on my list are getting gifts they will no doubt like.... but do they really need these items? Would their lives be much different if they didn't receive them?
Likely not, but there has to be something under the tree for them, and there will be; tradition and habits dictate it. :)
But I am cutting back this year. They are getting older and more independent.... except the grand girls...
Instead I am spending some of the Christmas budget on building a water well for a very impoverished village of people who have probably never heard of Christmas or gift giving, or butter tarts and shortbread... it may have an impact that will last a lot longer then that great Eddie Bauer shirt.
A well you say?
Yes, a well.
A well that pumps clean water to children and their families. Clean water - something we just expect to flow from our taps every morning.
What has that got to do with Christmas? In some ways nothing. But in many ways it has a lot to do with what Christmas is really about; giving life.
So I am inviting you to please watch this short video
Then join me in building a well for some very needy people this Christmas by clicking HERE
My daughter-in-law is trying to raise enough money this Christmas to give a village a new well. They cost $1000, but they can save a village of people.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the people who visit this blog could raise enough money by Christmas to have a well purchased and installed?
If you decide to join us in this effort, please leave a comment and let us know. We would be so blessed!