Black Friday Solution

Pride is such a subtle sin, one of those “you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone” kind of things. There you are cruising along feeling pretty good and then wham something humbling comes along and the 2×4 of reality strikes again.
It just dawned on me that I harbor pride for being early with my Christmas shopping. The reality is that I will do just about anything to avoid what some people so thoroughly embrace… the Black Friday and ensuing Holiday Shopping frenzy. Places I count unpleasant to the point of complete avoidance from now until Christmas? Let’s see, the mall, Target, Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us, Michaels Crafts…. You get the picture. Amazon.com is my ultimate friend!
This year, I’m feeling even more savvy than usual. I did a lot of shopping at www.CompassionTea.com! Spoiler alert: If you are on my Christmas gift giving list, guess what you’re getting for Christmas! If you’re not on my Christmas list, you want to get there fast!
Compassion Tea is offering several really great tea samplers all prettied up for the holidays. There is the pyramid tea bag gift which has 10 pyramid tea bags (either Masala Chai, Provence, or Irish Breakfast) neatly snuggled in a classy black tin, perfect for storing your tea year round. I purchased some of these for my friends who aren’t already avid tea drinkers in the hopes of converting them! I also purchased several of the Holiday Tea Sampler and the Kenyan Holiday Tea Sampler gift packs. There are two types of tea to choose from, either a collection of three Kenyan teas or a collection of three holiday teas including our special blend, Compassion Spice. These packs arrive in a lovely golden pouch and include a tea strainer. I had the privilege of actually helping to pack several of the teas and so I also got to sample them! Yummy!
My favorite packaging pack is the brushed silver flip top canister filled with four teas and a tea strainer. Again, you can choose from a collection of Kenyan teas or holiday teas including Compassion Spice. The canister is just the right size for storing a number of teas in your pantry or even on your counter. And then there is the ultimate gift pack, the Compassion Tea Premier Gift Pack, for those who have been truly exemplary this year. This features five of the highest quality teas Compassion Tea offers in individual tins along with a tea strainer and one month free on any Compassion Tea membership purchase.
Of course, the really great thing about doing your holiday shopping at Compassion Tea this year is that the profits from the sale of these gift packs is also doing charitable work. Each gift pack you give comes with information about the work of Compassion Tea and the CareNow Foundation so you and your recipient can learn more about “the world’s least served.” In church this morning, the question was posed, “What if what we purchased helped people a world away?” What if? For those who purchase and enjoy Compassion Tea, that what if is a reality. Stay tuned for the next blog to learn about Ed and Wendy Bjurstrom’s trip to Africa and about the joy with which they’ve delivered medical supplies and monetary support to a number of clinics around the continent, thanks in part to Compassion Tea sales!
Yes, I’m mostly done with my Christmas shopping and I’m feeling pretty good about it, possibly even smug. But with a product and a cause like Compassion Tea, I think this one pridefulness will be excused.

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