Redefine Christmas is a movement that re-imagines the way we look at gift giving during the holidays. In addition to the things we enjoy shopping for and giving every year, we often feel compelled to spend money and time on gifts with little meaning. Gifts which are soon forgotten. Rather than giving in to the convention of giving, we can give out – by redirecting some of that money to charity.
Consider giving your friends and family members donations to their favorite charities in their names. And ask your loved ones to do the same for you.
Giving this way is more personal. It's easier. And it can be more meaningful – to the receiver, the giver and the countless people and organizations who are truly in need. If you're ready to start giving this way, click on the Give Charitably tab to learn how, or click the JustGive link to begin exploring charities.
There is no question we are in the midst of difficult financial times. And if it has you feeling unsure or uncomfortable this holiday season, imagine how purely difficult it's becoming for people who depend on charities and the generosity of others all year round.
By Redefining Christmas, small changes in the way we give during the holidays – made by many, many caring people – can have a big impact in our world. And it can help us all recapture or simply reinforce the joy of the holiday season.
There is no commercial interest or profit motive behind Redefine Christmas. It is a movement supported by a private foundation and sustained by an ever-growing community of charitable people and organizations whose only reward is seeing holiday giving become more like they imagine it can be.
In addition to re-imagining gift giving for yourself and your loved ones, you can become part of the Redefine Christmas community by sharing this message with as many people as possible using the tools on this website.
Giving charitably means more money goes to people who truly need it. Your gifts are tax deductible. And you spend less time running around to stores and more time with family and friends. Plus, "shopping" for charitable gifts can become more personal and enjoyable. You're compelled to truly think about the interests and passions of those on your list as you consider which charities may appeal to them, or simply give to their favorite charity you already know!
JustGive, the leading website for charitable giving, is a trusted participant in the Redefine Christmas movement. This site can help you search through nearly 1.8 million charities and facilitate a private, safe and secure charitable gift in a loved one's name. Or, you can purchase charity "gift cards" and give your friends and family members the joy of choosing a favorite charity on their own. Another option, if you know the gift recipient's favorite charity, is to simply write out a personal check to that charity in their name.