True Christmas spirit | Blog 1 of the 12 blogs of Christmas

Starting today, World Vision bloggers are linking up to spread the true spirit of Christmas. Our 12 blogs of Christmas represent the creativity, love, joy, hope, memories, and family holiday traditions that keep us connected to the true reason for the season.

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One way each of us can celebrate the true spirit of Christmas is by helping World Vision help children and families all over the world. While you may not be able to afford to sponsor a child (or maybe you do already), the World Vision Gift Catalog is a wonderful way to give something of value (something that's sustainable) to a family in need!

The Gift Catalog is filled with a wide variety of gift ideas that people all over the world need -- things that often help a family become healthy, live sustainably, and experience some hope in their situations...

My favorite thing to give is animals.

But there are hundreds of other gift ideas...

You can even help children and families here in the United States.

Over the next few weeks, as you engage, share, search for, and/or experience the True Spirit of Christmas, take a moment to blog about what that means to you and consider giving the spirit of Christmas to somebody in need from around the world...

Here's to a happy, healthy, and hopeful holiday season for all of us...

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This post also appeared on Matthew's blog,


    This is a wonderful idea. I had already written an article and found a young man's tweet so I have linked World Vision's page to my article. May God bless everyone who participates in sharing the true meaning of Christmas this season!

    Here is the link:

    I don't need to look any further than within my small circle of family and community to find people in need. Nothing wrong with starting small and close by this year.

    I love their gift catalogue. Every year we "give" something from the catalogue for the teachers of our kids school instead of giving another trinket. They always are so grateful.

    I enjoy this series and found it through a blogger I follow (Joy In This Journey) and I have taken up the invitation to join in with my own blog. I don't know how to "link up" as I am new to blogging, but I did post the picture and html coding in my blog with my post and if anyone would like to come see it and leave their thoughts I would be grateful. :)

    Thank you to #WorldVision for making this possible. What a great idea!

    Merry Christmas, may the Lord's face shine upon you this next year.

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