Posted by: Kristin W | December 2, 2011

Why You Won’t Be Getting A Christmas Present From Me

This year, we have a lot to be thankful for.  In a week, we’ll be flying to Ethiopia to meet two children who will hopefully become a part of our family.  It’s been three years since we’ve started this process, and finally it is happening. Unfortunately, it’s happening because those two precious children, through no fault of their own, were born in one of the poorest countries of the world.  I have no doubt that their family loved them, but they just couldn’t provide for them.

Here at home, we’ve been faced with how lucky we are.  Last week, we had new carpet installed, and so we had to take almost everything out of our house.  It was really like moving.  We had to box up all of our STUFF and take it out to the garage.  We have a lot of STUFF.  Books.  Pictures.  Shoes.  Electronics.  Toys.  STUFF.

I’m betting that you, too, have too much STUFF.

So this year, instead of giving you more STUFF (stuff you don’t need, don’t want, or won’t even like), we’re doing something different.  Andrew and I have tried to identify a charity that would be meaningful to each of the people who would normally be on our Christmas list and donated in their name.  In some cases, it was easy, as we already knew what organizations people supported.  But for others, we’ve had to be creative and do some research to find something that would match their interests.  It’s been fun.  I’ve enjoyed it much more than a trip to the mall.

This year is going to be very different for us.  Sorry you won’t have a present to unwrap from us.  But I hope that what we’re doing will do more good than any STUFF sitting around on your shelf a year from now.

P.S.  Santa will still be coming to our house.  I do realize that kids don’t get this.  But, we will be helping S and E to give to causes important to them, too.





  1. I think this is a great idea!

  2. Awesome! We have this conversation in our house a lot. We have not done it yet, but it’s such a great idea! I’m so excited to hear about your trip to Ethiopia!

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