A note from the Johnson family on Christmas Eve

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Merry Christmas to our friends and family! We wanted to let you know about our recent family project.

Every holiday season seems to become more and more commercial in nature. Instead of celebrating the birth of Jesus, we read about sales expectations, violence at retailers as people fight to make their purchases, and the latest group to decide they are offended by the phrase “Merry Christmas”. This is not how it should be.

With this in mind, we have decided to celebrate Christmas 2008 differently. We’re skipping the tradition of buying “things” for friends and family. In light of the current economy, we are not alone. Perhaps you have considered doing the same.

Instead, we have agreed as a family to do what we can to help out someone less fortunate. Luis Jesús is a six year-old boy who lives in Ecuador with his mother and three siblings. They live on an income of just $180 per month. Through Children International (www.children.org), we are sponsoring Luis. Our sponsorship will help provide him with important things such as reliable medical care, educational assistance, and more.

The true meaning of Christmas is so much more than going shopping and exchanging gifts. We encourage everyone to read Luke chapter 2 – the story of the greatest Gift ever given. We have truly been abundantly blessed.

From our home to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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