The Family Songbook that I put together for Christmas '04
Recently a bubbly 12-year-old asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I was taken aback, as it had been years since I've even thought of such a thing. But I recovered quickly and told her, "world peace." Then I asked her what she wanted (speakers for her ipod).
The "buy nothing christmas" web site (via Inspire Me Thursday) is "dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas giving" and has suggestions for creative gift-giving. Their answer to queries about why "buy nothing" is made up of four beautiful words: faithfulness, authenticity, empowerment, and experimentation.
The Family Songbook: Everyone contributed favorite songs; I standardized pages (no page numbers so we could insert new songs easily), alphabetized a contents page, found a lightweight binder with tabs and a back pocket, printed and 3-hole-punched hundreds of pages, laid all the pages out on the dining table in alphabetical order and walked around in circles compiling the books.
Songbooks lead to successful Songfests.