taking the words of Jesus seriously


EDITOR’S NOTE: Our friends at Blessed Earth are helping people who want to share Christmas gifts with children in the 2/3’s world think about how they can, at the same time,  also love God’s good earth. Whether you’re buying gifts for your own children, a local Ronald McDonald House, an Angel Tree, or for Operation Christmas Child, these are some great ideas. Enjoy.


It’s November, which, at least to me, means Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  


I love packing shoeboxes every year with my best friend, Jenny, taking great care over each present that goes into the boxes—Which toy would we have liked more as a child? What hygiene items would be the most useful? And, for Jenny, who is a packing genius,  How can I fit one more gift in this box? We even have a special cabinet devoted solely to Christmas boxes, where we store items for the children we pick up on sale throughout the year.


This year, I set myself a new challenge. How could I make my boxes not only fun and useful, but also better for the environment?


Instead of buying wrapping paper, I decoupaged my shoeboxes with bits of old magazines. It did take a long time, but I wasn’t using new resources, and I hope the children who receive them will appreciate a box to store their goodies in that will stay looking nice a lot longer than a wrapped one probably would.


Because I believe we can’t love God’s children without loving God’s good earth, I tried to find as many of the items I usually include in my boxes made out of recycled or renewable materials, and paid attention to where they were made and how much packaging they were in. Here are a few of my favorite finds:


Happy packing!


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