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Simple Gifts Swap for one and all–Dec. 20 at First Parish (please donate now)

boy_with_christmas_presentRemember to bring in your Simple Gifts, please.

On Sunday, Dec. 20th from 10am – noon, we will be honoring a wonderful tradition at First Parish Sudbury with a church-wide Simple Green Gift Swap! Wondering what to do with last-year’s unopened Christmas present in your closet? Realized you’re never going to use that beautiful item you purchased?

Bring it in, with the intention of helping it find it’s true purpose in life as a valued item — that’s right, we’re going to upcycle!

Bring in your items this Sunday, Dec. 13 or next week any time and drop them off with Fran or right into the DRE office. Items will be accepted all the way until 10am on the morning of December 20th. Please search your homes and closets for items still in great condition that you would be willing to give away (no new purchases please), that might make a better gift for someone else. We also need donations of gift boxes, wrapping paper, newspaper, maps, posters for wrapping, ribbons, string, tags, bags, etc.

On the morning of December 20th, kids will meet together for RE in the Commons and we’ll learn about the spirituality and intentions of gift giving both in our traditions and others, and then migrate downstairs to Parish Hall where they will “shop” for gifts that match the needs of loved ones (not for themselves) and then wrap the gifts in the library. When adults come downstairs after the service, there will be some additional treats like cookies and hot chocolate, and the whole congregation can “shop” the gifts.

While adults “shop” the Simple Gifts, kids and adults who’d like to participate in this year’s Christmas Eve Pageant will meet for a brief dress rehearsal from 11:30am – 12pm, but it won’t be a mandatory rehearsal and you can still participate in the pageant without rehearsal! There will be plenty of roles for kids and adults to jump into last-minute with no need for rehearsal. For the first time this year, the pageant will be multicultural, as well. We’ll explore an ancient story about the Winter Solstice from the indigenous Shinto religion of Japan, the story of the Buddha, and of course the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

So search your house for unneeded gems and bring in your donated gifts! And please email Chris at if you’re interested in volunteering to help sort, organize the event flow, or drive any remaining gifts to a donation center after the event.