This Season, Don't Have a Cow - Give One

The family received a challenge this year from my stepmother, 'Squirrelly Shirley': Spend just $10 per Christmas gift and donate the rest. "I believe our money could help others and that is the real spirit of Christmas," she wrote in her email. She had other ideas, such as sending gifts to soldiers abroad, but her simple plea was this: "Let’s get creative with Christmas this year and give our hearts." And so, Shirley and a few lucky others will be getting baby chicks and bees for Xmas. ...more

I love this idea! The gift that keeps on giving ad infinitum. Similarly, my son's teacher gave ...more

Watcha Gonna Do with all that Money you Saved?

This week it's National Buy Nothing Day, a special day where we avoid the after Thanksgiving Day sales and purchase absolutely nothing for one whole day. It's like a high-colonic for the soul. You may not want to do it, but you will feel so. much. better. ...more

I love the Kiva organization - a friend bought all her friends Kiva gift cards a couple of years ...more

Encourage a Mother, Change the World

Danny (not his real name, and you'll understand why in a minute) is a husband and father who wanted to do something special for his wife this Christmas.  They were both fed up with the materialistic emptiness the holidays often brought: "typical American Christmas—gizmos, gadgets, whatnots, and an oversized helping of turkey," as he calls it. ...more

This is such a lovely example of asking in the right place to get results.

I am ...more

Wanted for Christmas: Socks with No Holes

My sister is a second grade teacher at an impoverished school in Denver.  She just sent me a heart-breaking plea via e-mail for donations for her kids in her class for Christmas.  Here is part of her e-mail: ...more