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Hanukkah Gelt and Fair Trade Gift Ideas

Hanukkah Gelt and Fair Trade Gift Ideas Either way you spell it, Hanukkah is quickly approaching.  When is Chanukah? Chanukah is Dec. 16 – 24, 2014. Check the dates as they are based on the Hebrew Calendar.  Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday festival known as the Festival of Lights. The story goes, there wasn’t enough […]

Teach Children the Benefits of Fair Trade with these Classroom Resources

These Free Printables and Classroom Resources will help plan Fair Trade Curriculum   Here at Compassionate Essentials, we feel it is important to educate everyone about the benefits of fair trade, and children are no different. We’ve found some great resources on the Fair Trade market which are perfect for homeschooling or classroom use.  Incorporating, […]

The Allure and Origin of Fair Trade Anklets

The Allure of Fair Trade Anklets Anklets have become a permanent fixture of American fashion.  Over the years, women from many cultures have worn ankle bracelets to create a sexy appearance, show their wealth, signal marital status, attract a suitor, and attract attention to bare feet.  Some believe that ankle bracelets may have been the […]

Symbolism and Meaning in Jewelry

Symbolism and Meaning in Jewelry: What does it Mean?   Various cultures have associated symbols in jewelry and gemstones with specific meanings such as buddha, yin/yang, and the Egyptian Ankh. Jewelry has been created through the ages as a means of communicating wealth or position in society.  In ancient Egypt, Greece’s Hellenistic period, the Roman […]

Cultivate Compassion: Live Longer

Educating Children about Compassion can Help us Live Longer   The central motivation for the founding of Compassionate Essentials was to promote the interdependence of the individual with the entire world and its inhabitants.  We hoped to open the eyes and hearts of our readers to this human interdependence. We believe that participating in the sales […]