Saturday, December 5, 2015

FREE download of “Simplifying and De-Stressing Your Holidays” and Gift Ideas

Holiday to-do lists often become longer and longer as we get closer to Christmas. From holiday parties to host, Christmas pajamas to coordinate, family pictures, gifts to buy, travel plans to finalize, and more, the joy of the season can often be lost in the midst of the hustle and bustle.

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Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club have you covered. Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer, authors of Everyday Confetti, share ideas and tips for simplifying and taking the stress out of the holidays. Pointing to the real reason for the season, they offer ideas to help you keep Christ at the center. Click here for a free broadcast download to learn how to simplify and de-stress your holiday season.

Speaking of de-stressing, let me help you out with your last-minute gift shopping. One of my top recommendations: the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) because it offers free content for everyone, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutouts and Christmas stocking stuffer cards. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:

  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.
To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Check out these other gift ideas: 1. Give gifts that make a difference. There are many ways to do this: serving at a soup kitchen, donating money/blankets/coats/canned foods, etc. to the homeless shelters, visiting/go caroling at nursing homes, buying grocery for families in need, shopping through catalogs from organizations such as Gospel for AsiaWorld Vision, and Samaritan's Purse for the poor and for things that transform lives like Bibles, Gospel tracts (Did you know that you can buy 200 tracts for only $1?), Jesus wells, etc.  If you are looking for ways to spread the Gospel, share God's love, and make an eternal impact, please visit http://www.gfa.org/gift to request a catalog or browse online. Gospel for Asia is one of our favorite mission organizations.
2. Give gifts that make memories. Gifts of shared experiences, quality time, sacrificial love, and unconditional acceptance. Embrace family traditions that foster fond memories. Do something together to help those in need and discover the joy of giving (see some ideas above).
3. Give gifts that are personalized/custom-made. Unique, personalized gifts say, "You are special to me and this is made specially for you!"
4. Give gifts that are practical (including edible gifts). Practical gifts are useful and most likely appreciated. In addition, whenever they are used, you (the giver) will probably be thought of :). Treats, appliances, tools, towels, etc.
5. Give gifts that edify and entertain. Bibles/study Bibles, books, DVDs, CDs, games, membership to the OAC, etc.

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