for A More Conscious Christmas
Have we allowed Christmas to become too
Many people feel like Christmas has become too
commercialized; that the holidays have become more about the hustle and
bustle of shopping for and buying presents than about love. Recently,
many stores have begun stocking and decorating for Christmas sales, even
before Halloween. The rush for buzz over which stores will open early
on black Friday has even spilled over into Thanksgiving Thursday.
Regardless of the answer to the question, we can almost all agree it
couldn't hurt to spread a little more love and compassion during the
holidays. That's what A More Conscious Christmas is all about.
When we are conscious of and help the less fortunate, and those who could
never give to us in return, we advance the true spirit of Christmas, and it
is a gift like no other!
If a friend or loved one asked you to consider this for them this year, they have made a special request of you...
They have asked you to consider, as one additional
option, presenting them with a different and special kind of gift this
season. Rather than spend money on something for them, they would like
for you to consider as an option, donating time, useful items, or money to a
charity in their honor. It's a win-win-win scenario. First, you don't have
to worry about getting them something that doesn't fit, or they don't really
need. You can get them something you know they will appreciate, because
they've suggested this. Secondly, you can give them a gift unlike any
other- the gift of philanthropy. By your making a donation in their honor, they are in effect, giving to someone who could
not possibly give back to them in return. That warms the soul in a way
nothing else can. Additionally, both you and the person who referred you
here, will have the satisfaction of knowing you both contributed to making
the world a little better place by raising consciousness about the true
spirit of giving and the season. And finally, you both will have made
a big difference for someone who may have otherwise had no Christmas at all
Need a suggestion for contributing time, useful
items, or money?
charities and researching them
Please consider this for yourself...
Please consider making this request of others.
The true spirit of the season is giving. And true charity only occurs
when we give to the less fortunate, to others who could not possibly give to
us in return. When we do, we have the experience of having acted out
of true, unconditional love. It blesses us at deep emotional levels
like nothing else can. And it helps remind us, and others what
Christmas is really all about!
How this page can help...
This page is intended to help with A More Conscious
Christmas in two main ways... 1) It is an easy way to explain to
a friend or loved one that you would like them to consider contributing to a
more conscious Christmas. Just send them a link to this page, and it
will explain it to them. 2) Below you will find a number of
Christmas cards that you can print out that will explain your charitable
contribution as your gift in their honor. It includes a version for a
representative of a charity to fill in and sign, making it easy to document
A More Conscious Christmas Cards...
These cards are designed to go along with and explain a
contribution to a charity as a gift. The cards can be downloaded as .pdf files and printed
out and inserted in a standard letter-sized envelope. There are
easy to follow instructions for how to download and print them. (In the .pdf
files, the front of the card is upside down, because it will be folded over-
see the instructions below for a clear explanation.) For a really nice
presentation, they can be printed on a decorative card stock. If you like
a color card and don't have a color printer, most office supply stores will
print a single page on a color printer, in full color, for a little over a dollar. Click
on a card below to download it's .pdf file. All you have to do is
select the appropriate card interior, and a card front that you like, and
follow these easy steps.
one sheet of paper, print the front with the card interior...
then the back with the card front
Cut off the bottom portion along the marked line
Step 4) Fill out the card and
Fold the card over, and insert it in a standard sized