How does Christmas work when you don’t believe in God or Santa?
In my household, we don’t believe in God. It is not to say we’re atheists–we have a belief system, just not one that involves a deity. My fiancé and I decided long ago that Christmas was more about togetherness, the love of family, charity, and brotherhood while celebrating the end of year, the winter season, and welcoming a new year. We plan to teach our son about the winter holidays and celebrations of all the major religions. It will require much work and research on our part, but it’s only fair to bring up our child respecting people of all faiths and creeds. And despite all that will we expose him to, for us, Santa doesn’t fit in that picture.
So much focus has been put on the dwindling morals, values, and behavior of American youth. I’m not blaming Santa for that (that would be illogical) but he certainly doesn’t help. We don’t want to lie to our child about a mythical being–perpetuating the lie year after year as he starts figuring it out. We don’t want Christmas to be about getting presents. You see on television and the internet children throwing tantrums when they don’t get everything on their list. America’s Funniest Home Videos is notorious for this. The entire season becomes about give me, give me, give me. I don’t want that for my child. Instead, my fiancé and I have decided we are going to still leave presents under the Christmas tree, they just won’t be from Santa. Our son will know they are from Mommy and Daddy because Mommy and Daddy love him very much and want him to have nice things to play with. We want him to be appreciative of PEOPLE and what PEOPLE do for him rather than thanking a mythical being or, worse yet, cursing out Santa and pouting all day because Santa didn’t bring the latest and greatest toy on his list.
What’s so bad about our plan? What’s so wrong about wanting our son to appreciate other humans and to learn to say “thank you” to a real-life person? What’s so wrong about teaching him about charity and the spirit of giving?
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I decided this month to do a little something different from the past months. Instead of a festive collage with suggestions, I made advent calendar tags full of awesome activities to make this holiday season merry and bright! I even included some blank ones at the end for you to write in your own activities.
All you have to do is print these out and tuck them in your advent calendar or print them on the back of a decorative, Christmas-themed paper, fold them in half, and pop them in a hurricane vase or apothecary jar!
Printable Advent Calendars:
- FREE printable… an advent calendar just in time for December 1st! from Lauren Haddock Design
- Free Printable Advent Calendar Treat Bag Kit from Yellow Bliss Road
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Copyright 2013. Libby Sawyer of thelittledabbler.com
Credits: Christmas tree design in logo is from Softonic. You can find it here.
Since I opened my Etsy shop on January 10, 2013, I am amazed at how much business it has created. The things I make weren’t very interesting or Pinterest worthy, is what I believed other thought. But suddenly, not only were people purchasing the pre-made onesies I had in my Etsy shop, they were asking for custom orders. My work has been sent all over the country, to every coast! I’ve even had international customers purchase my onesie templates.
When I tell friends about the small success of my shop, they all ask the same questions: how did you get started and how can I start? I hope to answer all those questions here, especially for those readers who have thought about opening their own shop!
Why did I decide to open an Etsy Shop?
When I was preparing decorations for my baby shower in the summer of 2012, I couldn’t find a free onesie template to make it with. I’m fairly handy with simple photoshopping skills, so I drew up a template in Paint. I decided, on a whim, to post it on Pinterest. Later, when I started a blog to vent my pregnancy frustrations, I put the template in a post, labeling it a free onesie template. That post took off over night, and I was getting thousands of views a month on it alone, so I decided to open a shop and earn a few dollars while providing moms-to-be with beautiful banners for their showers.
Where do I see my shop in the next year?
With New Year’s Day coming up and everyone making resolutions, I’ve been giving this some thought. This coming year, I am going to expand my offerings to include seasonal and birthday banners. I’m also going to work on building up inventory so I can distribute flyers locally and possibly attend craft shows.
Do you need many followers and a blog to have a successful shop?
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I’m SICK AND TIRED of seeing posts like this on Facebook:
IN OTHER COUNTRIES- people don’t even have homes. The little shacks they call home are made from twigs and garbage.
IN OTHER COUNTRIES- you’re lucky if you live past 50 years of age.
IN OTHER COUNTRIES- the mentally ill are taken out and shot because they are believed to be possessed by demons.
IN OTHER COUNTRIES- people live under tyrannical reign, having all means of defending themselves taken away from them–unless, of course, you expect them to fight against machine guns with their bare hands.
IN OTHER COUNTRIES- they don’t expect benefits. They’re lucky if they make enough money in a day to buy a loaf of bread.
Yet, we don’t hear them complain. They are voiceless. Fortunately, charitable organizations and other governments have the guts to stand up against their own citizens’ complaints about their philanthropy and help anyway.
I’ve been watching a lot of Sesame Street lately, so I found this particularly enjoyable…