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Day 10::

Last Saturday marked the first weekend of the Christmas season. It was a little busy, but is was so much fun. In the morning we had a family pictures taken by Sam Song of Christmas Mash Up/ Love Mash. CHRISTMAS MASH UP was an alternative to crazy parking lots, long lines and cliche holiday photos. They had 2 beautiful portrait stations, fun props, kids craft table, food, drinks and entertaining holiday movies playing. The best part was that all proceeds from the event went towards funding HELP PORTRAIT | LAUNDRY LOVE: SANTA ANA, they will be giving free portraits for families and individuals in need. It was such a fun morning, and the pics turned out great! Take a look:

Love Mash 2011

After, we went over to our friends house for a cookie making and decorating party!!!! JC loved rolling the cookie dough into candy cane shapes.

 

It was the best way to start out the month – remembering that the season is about spending time with family and friends as well as loving others in need and sharing hope and joy.

 

Today is the 3rd annual Progressive Posada in Santa Ana.

Posada is a Mexican tradition, a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter; in Spanish, the word means “lodging.”

Traditionally, a party is held each night in a neighborhood home. At dusk, guests gather outside the house with children dressed as shepherds, angels and sometimes, Mary and Joseph. An angel leads the procession, followed by Mary and Joseph or by guests carrying their images. The adults follow, carrying lighted candles.

The “pilgrims” verses of Las Posada asking for shelter, and the hosts sing a reply, finally opening the doors to the guests and offering hot ponche, fried rosette cookies known as buñuelos, steaming hot tamales and other festive foods.

The party ends with a piñata in the shape of the Christmas star.

It’s a great way to love on the community and their culture. We love meeting our neighbors and being about to build relationships with them that continue on through the year.  I can’t wait to hear the stories that come from this years Posada. Last year the neighbors that joined us said that thing they loved the most was how they we made to feel like “family” even though most of us had just met for the first time. BEAUTIFUL!

 

So if you are in the OC think about joining us tonight at our Posada  – Party starts @ 5pm. Hope to see you there.

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Day #2:: Second Chances

“A Christian being stingy with grace is like a firefighter being stingy with water.” – Mike Foster

Christmas = the birth of the ultimate second chance for you, for me, and for ALL people.

Think of someone that wronged you or hurt you deeply – Ask God to forgive your anger or bitter heart, then pray that God pours out blessings over them this Christmas season and this coming New Year.


What better gift could you receive this Christmas then a heart freed from chains of anger/bitterness.

“Even if it’s personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, ‘I’m sorry, I won’t do it again,’ forgive him.” Luke 17:4

Have you ever been overwhelmed by another’s forgiveness of you?


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Day #1::Ethical Consumerism

2006-12-03 All stars christmas shopping
Image by [ henning ] via Flickr

“Business will change the world.  It will do so faster and more drastically than ever.  And we hold the controls.  If we begin to base our business decisions on our values business will transform to accommodate us, and will take the shape of the values that we hold in common – fairness, compassion, and respect for the earth.” – James Pearson.

‘Tis the season! Everyone has shopping on the brain, right?! And the pressures on to find the PERFECT gift! So this season put the true meaning of Christmas into gifts that you buy. Don’t just buy gifts, but let the gifts you do buy share love and compassion with others – just like God has done for us by sending Jesus. Put your money where your heart is (not other other way around).  Let your purchases reflect the true heart of God – love and compassion.

Purchase gifts from businesses that are making a difference in the lives of the marginalized, like:
TOMS shoes – With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One
Krochet Kids – great beanies and scarfs made by and that support Ugandan women
Acholli Beads – beautiful paper beaded jewelry made by and in support of women in Africa
Loveless Apparel – stylish apparel that benefits none-profits in the US and around the world

charity: water – where 100% of the money that is given goes to water projects in impoverished areas around the world
Plywood People – Artistic and one-of-a-kind bags and wallets made with reclaimed & recycled billboard materials by Guatemalan urban artists. A percentage of profits builds new homes for Mayan widows.


Or even

Starfish Projects, International Princess Project, Urdenet, Faces Behind The Label, Trade As One, Gobena Coffee or Freedom and Fashion

 

Take it to the next level: Do ALL your shopping this Christmas with social justice woven into every purchase.

What is the best present you were given {as a child or adult} and why?


“This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift. No language can praise it enough!” 2 Corinthians 9:13-15 (MSG)

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Projects I’ve Been Busy With

Been keeping busy with some fun projects over past few weeks. I only see it increasing now that Christmas is getting closer and closer. I have some exciting things planned in addition to GOODchristmas. I’m missing a pic of a large wipe case that I made for my friend April Diaz – who just came back with her husband Brain from meeting their 2 kiddos for the first time about 1 week ago (I highly recommend checking out her blog).

If you want to know how I make the ribbon boards, check out my tutorial HERE.

Check back for my Special Thanksgiving Post

on Friday.  Thanks to my friend and very talented “crafter” Alissa Circle of Rags to Stitches Boutique for her help with this up coming project!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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