Gift a Goat

Earlier this week I read a post on Matthew Paul Turner’s site, Jesus Needs New PR, about a program called Gift a Goat from World Vision. My assumption of what Gift a Goat was before reading the article was exactly as I thought, you can literally give the gift of a goat.

These goats go to families in places like Uganda and become a huge asset to them for a long time. Goats can produce up to 16 cups of milk per day and of course provide cheese and milk as well. Going a step further, as the goat matures and has baby goats of its own, the families are then able to sell the baby goats. Gift a Goat seems like one of the best ways to spend money this season that I’ve seen so far. With all of the Black Friday ads popping up already I have yet to see a better deal than helping to provide actual needs for a family.

As I mentioned earlier this week in my post Christmas Blog Ideas, I will talking about all sorts of Christmas related issues this season on the blog. One of the things I want to include is information about better ways to spend your money for Christmas. If you’re interested, I hope you take the time to follow the links in this post to learn more about Gift a Goat and the other various gifts you can give through World Vision. They have much more information on their site about this program than I gave you, my goal was to simply raise some awareness.

If you want to participate in the Gift a Goat program but can’t afford it all on your own I suggest splitting the cost with a few friends and/or family members. It becomes more affordable for you and even throws in some extra bonding time with people you’re close to.



Christmas Blog Ideas

So it’s finally start to feel like mid-November here in the Midwest, which in turn is putting me in the Christmas spirit pretty fast. Leading up to Christmas I plan on having a bunch of posts regarding various Christmas stuff. I’ve already written about what Christmas has become in our culture, basically how much of it revolves around the infectious disease of consumerism. In the same breath I mentioned how much I love Christmas and all that the winter season brings. So today I simply want to present you guys with a list of Christmas related topics that I plan to put on the blog this season.

Please note that when I use the word “alternative” I am referring to something other than the traditional status quo.

– Consumerism
– History of Christmas
– Alternative Gifts
– Alternative Ways to Celebrate
– Top Christmas Movies

To be honest I plan on writing about the negative and positive sides of Christmas. I also want to discuss the fun and light-hearted aspects of Christmas as well. As I’ve said before, I love Christmas but I also recognize all the junk that typically comes along with this busy holiday. This season I’m seeking to experience a Christmas that brings family and friends closer on a real level rather than just a superficial gift giving extravaganza. Above all else though I want to experience a Christmas where Christ is made central and is glorified higher than a fat man in a red suit. Which by the way, I plan to talk about the real Saint Nicholas as well.

The above list is far from finished. I need more suggestions about additional topics and sub-topics. Please comment below to give me some ideas so that we can find a better Christmas together. I would also love some guest bloggers on this site. If you have an idea for a post regarding these topics and want to write your own article about it please notify me either in a comment below or via twitter (@quincyzikmund) and I’ll review your post and put it up on the blog.

Thank you in advance for everybody’s help, I’m really looking forward to all of this.