Spread the Love: Five Things to Do with Your Christmas Money

Hi, sweet IMBO readers. I hope you are all having a great Christmas or whatever you are/are not celebrating today. I celebrate Christmas--or, better, I am celebrating Christmas right now at my parents' house in the States. I'm up a bit early, thinking about what to do with my Christmas money. Pay Bills is at the top of my list. Buy Food is next. It's been a difficult year, so money is a great gift. I know you know what I mean.

Survival instincts aside, there are a few things I'll do with a bit of my Christmas money that I'd like to share with you because I hope you'll join me.

1. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a project that brings books to millions of kids around the world. Parton is a talented songwriter, an incredible singer, and a beautiful person--and she's chosen to use a lot of her wealth to bring stories to kids. I love Dolly Parton. If you want to help Dolly Parton's Imagination Library do great work, go HERE, learn more and donate. Even the smallest donation helps.

2. The anthology Foreign and Far Away from Writers Abroad supports Book Aid International. This charity increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. They provided 543,280 new books to over 2,000 libraries in 2012 and have sent more than 30 million books to partner libraries since 1954.

3. The American Red Cross's Appeal for Disaster Relief in the Philippines. Here's the link. I know this has nothing to do with literature or literacy or reading or words. Yeah. But still.

4. The Revenge of the Scammed Anthology: An Edward J Rathke Benefit Extravaganza. Read MORE. Lots of my writer friends have stories in this anthology, so I know it will make excellent reading. And you'll be helping a guy who got scammed.

5. Help your local independent bookseller. If you live in Franklin, Tennessee, for example, you could stop by HERE and buy some books--lovely books, smelly books--from Landmark Booksellers.


Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen's award-winning fiction and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, SmokeLong Quarterly's Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, Crack the Spine, Feathertale, The Best of Every Day Fiction, Pure Slush, Bootsnall Travel and Chicken Soup for the Soul. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice. He is the managing editor of the daily litzine Metazen.



  1. I love all of these ideas. What a great list to put together. Thanks for sharing! :-)


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