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A Santa Shift

Alternatives has had a long reputation of being anti-Santa, for a variety of reasons, but mostly because Santa’s become a commercial hawker that distracts from the real meaning of Christmas as Jesus’ birth.

A college professor came on the board about 10 years ago who felt we should lay off Santa. Just let him be. Don’t be against. Be pro-active. People want to be part of something positive, not negative.

If you were to look at Alternatives’ resources across our 40 years, you would see a movement from a clearly anti-Santa attitude to one of ignoring him. Instead, we confronted consumerism as a concept and offered alternatives.

Explaining Santa to My Granddaughter

The other day I was talking to my exceptionally bright three-year-old granddaughter about celebrating. The conversation moved from Halloween to Christmas. I asked her what she thought of Christmas. She said, “Santa and presents!” She’s a regular church goer. She’s heard of Jesus.

I thought, “Teachable moment!” And continued, “Remember your birthday party? How much fun it was? The people who were there?”

“Yes,” she answered.

“Well, Christmas is Jesus’  birthday party. And you get to go. So does mom and dad, and grandma.”

“And GeeGee too,” she added, thinking of her great grandmother.

“Santa gets to come to Jesus’ birthday party, too,” I continued. “And he’s one guest, just like you and me. Daddy and mommy are just as important as Santa.

“And Jesus is the guest of honor, like you were at your party. He’s the most important one, much more important than Santa.”

“OK, grandpa. Can I go play now?”

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An Alternatives’ Legacy Resource

Ideal for personal or small group use.

Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go – Celebrating an Alternate Christmas

Audio workshop presented by Milo Thornberry and Harriette Grissom

Resource LINKS appear below each of the six half-hour session.

1. Guidelines for Gift Giving (33:17) – Milo Thornberry

2. Santa & Saint Nicholas (28:20) – Milo Thornberry

3. What Can You Do in Your Parish? (25:10) – Milo Thornberry

4. Let Advent be Advent (27:30) – Milo Thornberry

5. What Else You Can Do with Your Family (26:55) – Harriette Grissom

6. Alternate Christmas Activities for the Wider Community (30:06) – Harriette Grissom

Treasury of CelebrationsCreate Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth – September-December | ADVENT | CHRISTMAS

10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations

Carols with Justice sing-along | What Does JESUS Want for Christmas? (pageant)

Sing Justice! Do Justice! – Advent & Christmas selections

Other TEXT & ART Resources (no accompanying audio/visual)

Advent/Christmas Calendars | Christmas Anthologies to read alone or aloud | Christmas Campaign Kit | Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art: Celebrating Advent/Christmas | Worship Alternatives: Advent/Christmas | Seasonal/Thematic Index: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

EARLY WINTER FESTIVALS – New Year’s Day |Emancipation Day (Jan. 1)Epiphany (Jan. 6)

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GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Art: #3-A519

outside128Joyce Earth Mama Rouse has contributed to Alternatives.

Enough Is As Good As a Feast (text and audio) is her contribution to Stories & Songs of Simple Living.

She provides SLW! podcast theme music, especially episode 2.

She announces her new CD.

Dear Earthies,

Writing and recording A Sense of Place has been a true journey. You will find a fresh new collection of songs here, including:

  • a few that will get you up and dancing (Detour Road, Jingle Your Heart, If You Need a Chair)
  • some that perhaps touch your heart and tear ducts (Only One, All That’s Gold)
  • a tribute to loved ones who have passed on (A Life Well Lived)
  • a jazzy new Christmas bonus track to sing to everyone you love (Jingle Your Heart)
  • an historic tribute to an iconic roadway (Blue Ridge Parkway/Ribbon of Stone)
  • a haunting vocal from the late, great Keith Palmer, singing for our Mother (Only One)
  • a fun and funny reggae song destined to be a picture book, extolling the virtues of local foods, local economy and building community (If You Need a Chair)
  • a tribute to a feathered friend and sense of place (To an Oriole)

All are beautiful heartfelt arrangements played by some of the finest recording musicians currently available. The recycled packaging shows off the inspiring artwork.

Hear song samples at www.earthmama.org.

I’m writing in more detail some of the personal stories of the how each of these songs and some of the musicians became central to A Sense of Place.  First chapter posted now at  Green Sustainable Blog  explains the title and overview.

These will make fine holiday gifts!  New smaller CD cover will fit in most greeting cards.

Here’s how/where you can get all of the Earth Mama CDs:

1. At my performances, up close and personal

2. From my website: earthmama.orgAll of my music is on my website with clips of each track for free previewing. All of my music is also available in Downloads from CD Baby and iTunes.

3. Order directly from me! Email me with your order: joycerouse@mac.com; 276-773-8529

The 10 songs included on my newest CD – A Sense of Place (Music to Live Local and Love Where You Are Planted) – will ground your life and spirit wherever on Earth you call Home! Song topics including:

* Local Foods                    * Local Economy
* Sacred Ecology              * Renewable Energy
* Renewable Energy         * Mountaintop Removal
* Birding                            * Biodiversity
* Reggae                           * Holiday
* Gospel Ecology              * Blue Ridge Parkway
* In Memoriam Song, perfect for Life Celebration Ceremonies

Listen to a portion of each of the songs on A Sense of Place and buy the mp3s or buy the A Sense of Place CD.

Read the expanded liner notes for A Sense of Place on my blog. (Why is there a Reggae song for kids about Local Foods and Local Economy on A Sense of Place? WHO is that harmonica player?)

Great news for gift giving: the new smaller A Sense of Place CD covers fit in most greeting card envelopes making it easier for gift giving and less costly to mail.  CDs are always a welcome Christmas gift or a gift just to cheer up a friend.

Reviews for A Sense of Place:
“Wow, this is wonderful!! I like the concept of valuing our places…..”

“A Sense of Place is a wonderful, ten song ride that will make you smile, make you move, make you ponder, reflect and feel enriched by the musical messages……”

Click here to read the complete reviews.

November is Posi Music Month! Get a-Song-a-Day Free, Every Day in November! Earth Mama’s A Life Well Lived  from her new A Sense of Place CD is featured November 27. Click here each day in November – especially November 27th – to get your free downloads.

Lots of audience volunteers join in the Energy Tango or honor their mentors with Standing on the Shoulders.  Watch my demo video.

LIMITED TIME offer, from now to Thanksgiving:
$20 ($15 for CD + $5 P&H) OR buy 3 for $40 and we’ll pay standard shipping for U.S. delivery. (reduced rate for Canada and other)
Send to: Earth Mama Supplies, P.O. Box 450, Independence, VA 24348

Earth Mama CDs make fine holiday gifts!  And the new smaller CD covers for A Sense of Place and Blessings of the Universe CDs, will fit in most greeting cards.

Here’s how/where you can get all of the Earth Mama CDs:

1. At my performances, up close and personal…

2.  From my website: earthmama.org. All of my music is on my website with clips of each track for free previewing. All of my music is also available in Downloads from CD Baby and iTunes.

3. Order directly from me! Email me with your order; or call 276-773-8529
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Thank You & Happy Thanksgiving!  I am grateful for YOU in my life.

(What sound does a turkey’s phone make???  Wing Wing)

(Why did the turkey cross the road???  It was the chicken’s day off!)

Blessings and EarthPeace,
  Joyce

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Access individual episodes: #1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

967-Nativity OrnamentBrief show notes for this episode of SLW! podcast.

Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? – a radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features:

10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas (Spanish version) + How Teach Generosity to Kids by Meg Cox + Reflections by Esther Armstrong (Spanish version) + The Search for Meaning: Beyond a Commercialized World by Christine Sine

Access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through  iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the complete show notes. For previous episodes, see the list toward the bottom of this blog.

To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of the complete show notes, then check “Notify me of new posts by email.”

COMING next episode: one of Alternatives’ audio shorts + Thoughts While NOT Listening to the Christmas Story + Reflection + Real Life Experience + Carols with Justice

SEASONAL HELPS from Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth* — September – December  |  ADVENT  |  CHRISTMAS

Most of Alternatives’ AV resources are part of this “Whose Birthday?” radio series. See episode 6 for a list of SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources.

Adviento = SPANISH version (text, not audio)

Some of our resources have MEDIA RELEASES and BLOG POSTS that will help you recruit helpers for an event/activity. Then use them in newsletters, web sites, email blasts, etc. to bring people to the activity/event. Media Release Index

Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-25

Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Urge your friends to do the same.

Previous Individual Episodes

#1-3: Getting Acquainted | #4-5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle | #6-11: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index

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GRAPHIC: Nativity Ornament from Worship Alternatives: Art #967.

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We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization.

* Treasury of Celebrationspublished by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publishing, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum)

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AngelaGabbieBrief show notes for this episode of SLW! podcast. . .

Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? – a radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features: “What Does JESUS Want for Christmas?” + 10 Free, Fun Things to Do with Your Family at Christmas

Access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through  iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the complete show notes. For previous episodes, see the list toward the bottom of this blog.

To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of the complete show notes, then check “Notify me of new posts by email.”

COMING next episode: one of Alternatives’ audio shorts + 10 Tips for a SImpler, More Meaningful Christmas

SEASONAL HELPS from Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth* — September – December  |  ADVENT  |  CHRISTMAS

Most of Alternatives’ AV resources are part of this “Whose Birthday?” radio series. See episode 6 for a list of SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources. NEW – Advent/Christmas music from Sing Justice! Do Justice!

Some of our resources have MEDIA RELEASES and BLOG POSTS that will help you recruit helpers for an event/activity. Then use them in newsletters, web sites, email blasts, etc. to bring people to the activity/event. Media Release Index

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24

Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Urge your friends to do the same.

To access individual previous episodes: #1: Getting Acquainted | #2: 5 Life Standards | #3: Saga of Simply Enough | #4: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-1 | #5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-2 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1 (of 6) | #7: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-2

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter.

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email Podcast AT SimpleLivingWorks DOT org [or SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com], leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

GRAPHIC: Angela and Gabbie recording

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-and-share-alike license.

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization.

* Treasury of Celebrationspublished by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum)

ADVIENTORegardless of our religious denomination or the language we speak, we are subjected to much the same temptations to over-consumer at Christmastime.

Share these free resources with your Spanish-speaking friends.

Investigate a few that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. All are also available in English.

10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations

3-A1440Many of Alternatives’ audio shorts are also part of the current “Whose Birthday?” podcast series.

Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (5 of 24 editions have audio versions) | Submission Guidelines

An assortment of Advent/Christmas Calendars

Thematic Index: Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Podcast Reminder

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Or access individual episodes:

#1: Getting Acquainted | #2: 5 Life Standards | #3: Saga of Simply Enough | #4: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-1 | #5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-2 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1 (of 6) | #7: Whose Birthday?-2 | #8: Whose Birthday?-3

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GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art for Simpler Living & Global Justice: 3. Celebrating Advent/Christmas  #3-A1440

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We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization.

sm-adventTom Sine is probably best known for the best-seller Mustard Seed Conspiracy and Mustard Seed vs. McWorld. He and spouse Christine have formed the Mustard Seed Associates and are building an educational eco-village on an island on the coast of Washington state.

Christine has authored several faith-based books, including Sacred Rhythms; co-authored the pictured Advent devotional collection: Waiting for the Light. Together they have written Living on Purpose.

I recently heard from her.

Gerald, So glad that you are doing this. I will mention it on my blog in the next few days. Would you mind if I reposted one of your blog posts? (With credits of course). I also thought you might be interested in the blog series I will host over the season – maybe you would like to contribute.

Christine Sine, Exec. Dir., Mustard Seed Associates

A worthwhile recent item from Christine: Lord Help Me to Live Simply: A Prayer | Tom’s blog

They’ve contributed to Alternatives’ “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” Reflections for Advent and the Christmas Season by Tom,  The Search for Meaning: Beyond a Commercialized World by Christine, and I Am a Recovering Christmas Hater by MSA volunteer/staffer Jessica Stevens.

Christine’s article is featured in the upcoming SLW! Podcast. Watch for it!

I visited them on a speaking tour (post #168).

When you get acquainted (or get caught up), you’ll see why I listed them as Champions of Simpler Living Today!

A friend of Christine’s worth meeting: Leah Kostamo, Earthkeeper, storyteller and author of Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community.

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Podcast Reminder

Episode 8 of SLW! podcast – Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? – a radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features: What Does JESUS Want for Christmas? + 10 Free, Fun Things to Do with Your Family at Christmas

Access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through  iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the complete show notes. For previous episodes, see the list toward the bottom of this blog.

To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of the complete show notes, then check “Notify me of new posts by email.”

COMING next episode: one of Alternatives’ audio shorts + 10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas

SEASONAL HELPS from Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth* — September – December  |  ADVENT  |  CHRISTMAS

Investigate a few that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

Probably the best-known: UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop Leader’s Guide (audio and text)

See episode 6 for a list of SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources. NEW – Advent/Christmas music from Sing Justice! Do Justice!

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | All Issues

Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Urge your friends to do the same.

To access individual previous episodes: #1: Getting Acquainted | #2: 5 Life Standards | #3: Saga of Simply Enough | #4: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-1 | #5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-2 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1 (of 6) | #7: Whose Birthday?-2 | #8: Whose Birthday?-3

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter.

Share your thoughts at SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization.

* Treasury of Celebrationspublished by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publishing, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum)

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Observations on Thanksgiving

If celebrations give voice to the ideals by which we are trying to live, how should we observe Thanksgiving? It may be easier to think first of how we ought not observe it.

Thanksgiving is not be a day for thanking God for affluence while others go hungry. The notion that it is God who gives affluence to some and poverty to many not only ignores the role humans have played in arranging patterns of affluence and poverty but flies in the face of the God of love and justice. Nor should it be a time to claim God’s special blessing on any nation. As a minority religious group, the Pilgrims knew only too well the problems that occur when the interests of God and nation are identified by a dominant religious group.

Thanksgiving is also not be an occasion to romanticize the cooperation between “the Indians” and the settlers, unless to recall in sorrow the subsequent centuries’ genocide of native Americans. Finally, Thanksgiving should not be a day of rest before the two largest shopping days of the year, when giving thanks is swept out the back door so Christmas commercialism can come in the front.

As a day that gives voice to our highest ideals, Thanksgiving can be a time to remember with gratitude and humility that we alone are not responsible for whatever bounty is in our lives. It can be a time to confess that part of our bounty has come at the expense of others, including native Americans, slaves, farm workers, and hosts of others we do not even know. It can also be a time to share what we have with others, and include in our celebrations those who would otherwise be alone.

Finally, Thanksgiving can be a time to commit ourselves to creating a world where hungry children are fed, the homeless are provided with shelter, and those who suffer discrimination because of race, sex, religion, or age are respected.

From Treasury of Celebrations

Buy Nothing Day!

A sermon for Black Friday

Podcast Reminder

Episode 8 of SLW! podcast – Whose Birthday Is it, Anyway? – a radio adaptation of Alternatives’ best-known resource for Advent and Christmas. This episode features: What Does JESUS Want for Christmas? + 10 Free, Fun Things to Do with Your Family at Christmas

Access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at SimpleLiving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST or at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through  iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the complete show notes. For previous episodes, see the list toward the bottom of this blog.

To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of the complete show notes, then check “Notify me of new posts by email.”

COMING next episode: one of Alternatives’ audio shorts + 10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas

SEASONAL HELPS from Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth* — September – December  |  ADVENT  |  CHRISTMAS

Most of Alternatives’ AV resources are part of this “Whose Birthday?” radio series. See episode 6 for a list of SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources. NEW – Advent/Christmas music from Sing Justice! Do Justice!

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog four times a week.

Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24

Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Urge your friends to do the same.

To access individual previous episodes: #1: Getting Acquainted | #2: 5 Life Standards | #3: Saga of Simply Enough | #4: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-1 | #5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-2 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1 (of 6) | #7: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-2

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | Theme/Seasons Index

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter.

Share your thoughts at SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com or SimpleLivingWorks2@gmail.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

GRAPHIC: “We Thank You, God, for Who We Are” from Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art for Simpler Living & Global Justice: 3. Celebrating Other Seasons #3-A545

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization.

* Treasury of Celebrationspublished by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum)



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