a short list, but a good list

What's that you say? Christmas "spirit" got you down? Tired of overdone light displays and gaudy vests (and it's not even December yet!)?

Here is a list for you, my friend. It's SHORT so you are sure to make it to the end on this delightful Friday afternoon. This is about keeping the main thing the main thing (if you know what I mean).

  • You MUST pick up this Advent Jesse Tree Book! It's free (no swiping necessary!) if you sign up to receive emails from Ann Voskamp's site. She's a pretty neat lady, so you should check her out even if you don't dig the book. This resource will give you something to do with your family to prepare for the Christmas season and to remember well the glorious arrival of our Savior!
  • I know I talk about these guys a lot, but I really appreciate their music! If you are of the "Christmas music whenever you feel like it" camp, jump on the Sojourn Music bandwagon with me!
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  • If you are all about a good deal (but would rather it be something to read then something to wear) then check out what Tim Challies is gathering for you at his blog. Leading up to Thanksgiving, he will post Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals for stuff you might actually buy! Check it out at his blog here.
  • I'm pretty excited at the challenge of making this another Advent Conspiracy Christmas at our house. There are some Ah-mazing ideas at their website about how to make it happen with you and yours! Here's the video: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9IN0W3gjnNE]
  • If you live anywhere near, around, close to, next to, or in the vicinity of Des Moines, Iowa - LISTEN UP. There is an AMAZING ministry that you might not know about called Freedom for Youth. You can support them by doing some Christmas shopping at their location (2301 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310) on December 3 and 10. Here's a snippet from their website, "This holiday season, Freedom for Youth Ministries is hosting a Christmas Village at the Freedom Center. We will be featuring the teens & young adults handcrafted items such as art, woodworking, food and more! Come for a soup lunch or Christmas shop for unique and handmade gifts for family and friends! Freedom Blend Coffee is on sale during these 2 days!"

That's the list, as promised, and still no overdone light displays or gaudy vests. #winning

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