I think that Santa is getting a bad rap. But extreme materialism is not Santa's doing. It is our doing.
And it's something that we can undo, if we choose.
I know that some families exclude Santa from their celebrations of Christmas, and I understand the reasoning behind that.
But I'm going on record to say:
I am Pro-Santa.
The Santa I know is giving, compassionate, and charitable. He encourages children and adults everywhere to be believing, to dream, to love, to share, and to give of ourselves to others. The Santa that I know is Christ-like. He is child-like. He thinks of others first and always, and he encourages us to do likewise.
These are the qualities that I see when I look at Santa.
These are qualities that disciples of Christ should possess.
These are qualities that I would like my family to emulate.
Now for the GIVEAWAY:
This holiday season, I would like to support you in your efforts to serve others in the name of Santa...better yet in the name of Christ.
To do this, I will be giving away $75$130 to spend at CSN stores online.
[UPDATE: Thanks to the generosity of CSN Stores, the prize is now $130 instead of $75!!!!]
As you probably already know CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need--from classic dining room tables to toys to cookware!
Email me with a description of what you and your family would like to do for someone else this Christmas. Whatever way you choose to serve others, it is my hope that the $75 will help offset the cost of your Secret Santa adventures.
I will choose the cause that resonates most with me and notify the winner on November 12th.
I will also share the great ideas for service that I receive with all of you. (Don't hold back...share away!)
Send your entries to jocelyn (dot) christensen at gmail, and please put "Santa's Helper Giveaway" in the subject line. Also feel free to leave a comment on this post so I know you're on board!
In other news...
I have a guest post over at Or So She Says today. Come on over and drop me a line!
And I have two friends who are having blog parties this month sharing their own yummy recipes (and prizes) with you!