But....with all of that said, it's really easy to get caught up in the materialism of Christmas. I know I (way more often than I care to admit) find myself feeling envious of all the "stuff" I see on others' blog at this time of year. And when I stop to think about it, that makes me want to smack myself in the head. I have been given SO much. Way more than I need or deserve. And truthfully, when it comes down to it, I'd be just fine without most it. So when I find myself feeling like I have to have that pair of shoes that I see everyone else raving about, or that particular pair of earrings that so and so had on their holiday gift guide, I know I need to take a step back and reevaluate things.
So...to go along with this, and since I do love to give gifts to others....I have a little giveaway today. This isn't sponsored. It isn't a Visa card. It isn't even a fun bottle of nail polish or a Starbucks card. (Although....I love all of those!) Personally, I think this might be a little bit better than all of those.
I am giving away a Kiva.org $25 credit. If you don't know about Kiva, here's a quick video about them from their site...
We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
In July of 2008, we got a credit to Kiva as a wedding gift, and today we've taken that $100 loan and been able to give $850 in loans. I love Kiva. Not only for what they do to help others, but on top of that, they make it so easy to help others. Their website is so easy to navigate and I've never had trouble with it. If you have a person on your Christmas list who you just don't know what to give them for Christmas, Kiva.org credits make the perfect gift. We've given them a few times. Again....no one is sponsoring this post or giveaway. I just wanted to give something to my readers while supporting an organization I like.
To enter the giveaway, follow the directions below. Once I have a winner, I'll get your email and have the credit sent your way via email OR you can give me the email to a friend or family member if you want to gift it to someone else! The giveaway will run until Friday, December 20.