Lot 48: holiday gift guide

December 5, 2014

holiday gift guide

i have written before about my disgust regarding the materialism of Christmas before, so this gift guide is not your normal gift guide.  but i believe that Christmas should be about one thing and one thing only:  Christ's birth.  that should and NEEDS to be the sole focus of Christmas.  not gifts, presents, whatever, but Christ and his birth.  

so today, i have listed 5 things you can give for Christmas that focus on Christ.  

share your testimony of the Savior.  this is one of the best gifts you can give someone.  let them know there is a God who loves them.  let them know there is a God who died for their sins, who is just a prayer away, who will always be with them if they but believe.  tell them God can always be with them.  let them know they are not alone in this world.  if they choose, they can have a comforter, a protector, a God that never leaves their side.  

give loving service.  the day after thanksgiving, we made this delicious chex mix and putt it into several bags.  when i realized how much we had of it, i decided we should take it to our neighbors as a holiday treat.  i looked up those who live in our apartment complex and are in our ward (Mormon church congregation) and give each of them a bag of the chex mix.  only one of them was home, but i called the rest and wished them merry Christmas.  it felt so good to do something good for someone else and to spread holiday cheer.  also doing operation Christmas child and giving a child the gift of Christmas (yes, presents, yuck) made me feel so good.  and i made sure that i included something about the true meaning of Christmas in the box, which ended up being a children's book of the Christmas story.

give a family income.  this is such a cool idea and i ran into it on some other blog and i really am sorry that i don't remember who to give credit for, but this is really an amazing organization!! imagine giving a family in a poor country an animal.  that animal gives the family income.  heifer international farm animals donation allows you to give a family an animal, and there are so many to choose from.  i want to give a family chickens, because it is in my price range and is a great source of income!!

invite someone to church.  what better way to open their relationship with Christ than to invite them to a church service where they can be exposed to other believers and feel that sense of community.  you never know, maybe the person you invite has no one and this new congregation could be their new family.  even if they get nothing religious out of it, how amazing would it be to give them the gift of family??

contribute to a family member coming home for the holidays.  speaking of family, how amazing would it be to bring a family member home that couldn't afford to??? that would be such an amazing Christmas gift.  if you are in a big family, the cheaper your donation is likely to be!! everyone should be able to be with their family for the holidays.  on that note, if you know of someone who has nowhere to go for Christmas or nowhere to celebrate, invite them to your home!! nobody and i mean nobody should have to be alone on Christmas.  make an effort and go out of your way to ensure everyone has a welcome invitation to celebrate whatever holiday you choose to celebrate.

and that's my list!! i hope you all make an effort this year to focus on the sacred aspect of the season, and far less on the materialistic aspect of the season.  remember the true meaning of Christmas!! 

happy friday!! have a fabulous weekend!!


  1. Love these ideas! So meaningful. (=

  2. I love this!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  3. What an awesome idea for a post! Very meaningful! Love the idea of giving a family an income and we also do Operation Christmas Child.
    XO sarita it's my girls' world

  4. This is fantastic Lauren. It's so easy to get caught up all the commercialism that Christmas has turned in to. I love these five ways you've shared. Inviting someone to church and telling them about Christ is truly the best gift they could ever receive.

  5. These are great ideas.

    I personally love gift-giving at Christmastime because I take the time to really think about each person and what they mean to me, but I agree that it has become way to commercial and important.

  6. Oh my gosh I love this idea! We just had a festival of nativities at our church and it was such a powerful reminder of what the season is really about. I'm so grateful for Christ and the atonement and how I've been comforted again and again by him. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is a beautiful post!! I LOVE the idea of NOT giving material things. Too many people (sometimes myself included) become too wrapped up in the material aspect of Christmas. Thank you for bringing me back to earth…love this!


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