1. vic says:

    Good stuff! Check out http://www.adventconspiracy.org/
    It is a Christian based movement to spend less on ourselves and give more to world needs. Two churches started it, but it is now an international movement. A good start…and refreshing.

  2. Tania says:

    I’ve recently discovered your site and have found it a great read. I find my self shaking my head in agreement and saying “Yes! Yes! Yes!” to each post.

    When my son was born I decided “Santa” would only bring a classic book of literature to add to his library, he’s now 10, will still says he believes in Santa and spends all of Christmas day reading. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made as a mother and I’ve continued it with my 5 year old daughter.

    Thank you so much for sharing on your blog and I look forward to reading more.

  3. Lucia Figueiredo says:

    Oh, I struggle with Christmas too… With all the consumerism, the fast-paced running around (trying to be at 3 different cities over 36 hours) and all that you said so well. Here in Brazil we celebrate during the summer, which means we have to mash all the merry making with unbearable heat (“Isn’t Santa hot mommy, wearing boots?”), the end of the school year and beginning of summer vacation and the New Years holiday, which is like the 4th of July for us, everybody battling 12 hour-drives to get to the beach. It is just too much! Even though we are taking it slower this year (fewer gifts, fewer parties) it’s still too much for our quiet loving little family. What we are really looking forward is a Solstice picnic at the beach and a water balloon fight to celebrate the summer, I hope we can make it happen, between all the craziness. And maybe that’s all we’ll do next year, start building our own traditions and choosing more carefully what to say yes to. Our most special Christmas so far was spent just the three of us (me, my husband and my son), while we were living abroad, in Germany. Very few and special gifts, some twinkle lights, a simple meal and a winter walk. As much as I enjoy being close to family and friends again, here in Brazil, I definitely feel the need to slow down and make Christmas more simple!

    Abraços,
    Lucia

  4. Andrea says:

    This is so good, thank you

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