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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Time to Give: Planning Ahead for Christmas Giving


Welcome back to A Time to Give, my weekly feature where we share ways to give, ways to share, ways to be generous. If this is your first time stopping by, welcome! You can read the original A Time to Give post HERE. In a nutshell, I started this feature as a way for us to inspire each other to be even more generous. I tend to get wrapped up in finding great deals, and I don't want to lose sight of one of the reasons we live frugally... to be able to give more. Each week I'll share a giving idea of mine, and you share a giving idea of yours.

Christmas will be here before we know it! I'm already starting to inventory the gifts I've bought, figure out what we'll be baking this year, and plan for some special events that will help us focus more on Jesus and less on material things.

One of our family traditions is to find some special ways to give at Christmastime. But I've found that it's easier to give when you plan ahead. Sure, that might sound like it takes the joy and spontaneity out of giving, but we've found the opposite to be true.

If we plan to give, then we're ready when the opportunities arise. If we fail to be intentional and set aside the agreed-upon amount of money for giving, then that money may end up being used for other things. If we want to be sure that the money is there, then NOW is the time to start planning for it!


Now it's your turn to share your ideas for sharing, giving, and being generous. Note: If you are reading this post via an email subscription or a blog reader, you'll need to click the title of the post in order to see the links left by others.

You can participate in a couple of ways. If you're a blogger, write a post about a way that you've been able to give. It can be something simple or something out-of-the-ordinary that you did. It can be something from this week or from last year. Don't think of it as bragging... It's a way to encourage others to take action and be more generous! A few guidelines for bloggers:

  • Please add a link to Saving and Giving so that your readers can find everyone's ideas all in one place.

  • Make sure the link that you add here takes people directly to your A Time to Give post, not the main page of your blog. To do that, publish your post, view your blog, right click on the title, and copy the shortcut. Then paste that shortcut in as your URL here.

  • Bloggers who link to other posts or their main pages will have their links removed. This eliminates confusion for others who are looking for ideas on how to give.

  • Please do not link to giveaways, contests, or ads.

  • Feel free to use the image above in your post. It's not mandatory, but you're welcome to it!

If you're not a blogger, you can participate too! Simply click the comments link below this post, and leave your ideas there. I would love to hear from you!

If you have any questions about A Time to Give, please feel free to contact me at savingandgiving@gmail.com. I look forward to being inspired by your ideas on giving! And stop back each Thursday for a new edition of A Time to Give.



1 comments:

newmami_rgv said...

Hey there, Yup... it's getting close to that Warm, Holiday, Music Season. Hope all goes well.