Last night we put up our Christmas tree. The kids had so much fun doing it. This is the first year that Noah was old enough to figure out what was going on. Our tree looks like a hot mess of preschool ornaments and heavy bottom branches since those are the only ones the kids can reach. But I love it and wouldn't have it any other way. I figure I can have one of those beautiful elegant Christmas trees when I am old and my grandchildren are grown. For now- I love that all our ornaments are a hodge podge of things that the kids have made or ones that we purchased when we first got married. I get so nostalgic when we get all those little, hand-made ornaments out of their boxes. We got Miles a "First Christmas" ornament and Sadie and Noah put it on the tree together. I wanted to get a perfect picture of them putting it on, since it is one of the only ways we have to be close to Miles for the holiday, but alas, all the pictures came out all blurry. Santa- that is one of the many reasons I'd like to have a new camera for Christmas. Yes Santa, I know that cameras are expensive. But really, Santa, I have been an especially good girl this year and I really want it!
Here's a smattering of our tree trimming:
Today is also "World AIDS Day." Two-thirds of all the reported cases of AIDS are in sub-saharan Africa. In third world countries, the cost of anti-retro viral (ARV) drugs, to keep a person with HIV alive, is only 44 cents per day. Sadly, this is more money than most people can afford. This is where you come in. I know that you are in the shopping spirit with Christmas coming up. So I have a proposition for you. If you are planning on buying someone on your list a new iPod, or an iTunes giftcard, or a Dell laptop or a Starbucks giftcard, or any number of things- buy them from the product (red) store instead. The items cost the same as they would anywhere else, but a portion of the profits get donated to AIDS relief in Africa. This is WIN-WIN people! These are things you were going to buy anyway. Plus you get to help provide relief for the global AIDS crisis in the process. YIPPEE! Don't these things look cool, too?
To see a full list of all the product (red) items, click HERE. Now you can be inspi(red)! Happy shopping!