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  •  My 34-year lover and I were thrilled when (10+ / 0-)

    our two teenagers decided on their own that gifts under the tree were for little kids. After poring over a Heifer Project catalog, their plan was that our family should just do stocking-stuffers and pool the rest of our gift budget to give a family gift--a goat for an African family.

    Gifts for extended family and friends have usually been handmade (both girls knit or crochet and do a variety of other crafts as well; our son-in-law does gorgeous metalwork) or sometimes gift certificates from our denomination's Fair Trade stores. Our local shop carries some gorgeous stuff from the local First Nations reservation as well as international items.

    We expected that the following year there would be requests for a re-do....there weren't any. Both girls were still enthusiastic about the idea and eager to decide what animal to donate. Again, we were surprised and delighted. It worked really well for the remaining years we had together and now that our kids are on their own, I suspect the habit is entrenched.

    There is no worse enemy of God and Man than zeal armed with power and guided by a feeble intellect... --William James

    by oslyn7 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:46:01 AM PST

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