Admit it. We dread the holiday season. The endless shopping lists, the hustling in crowded stores, and the first-of-November bombardment of Christmas tunes make our time with family and friends less about celebration and more about survival. Americans spend $450 billion dollars annually on gifts that don’t mean much (electronic toys that are obsolete in 3 months, sweaters, socks and ties that are never worn), yet we’re pressured to gauge our love by how many dollars we spend.
This holiday season can be different. Check out this short video from The Advent Conspiracy, an organization that reminds us that the true reason for the upcoming season is Jesus and the relationships we nurture with those closest to us.
Their concept is simple, but perhaps not easy:
Worship Fully (Turn the focus back on Jesus and the Incarnation and away from obligatory spending and giving).
Spend Less (Make more gifts by hand, give the gift of your presence, make food and share meals with one another).
Give More (Use the money that you didn’t spend on Tickle-Me-Elmo dolls and invest it in a mission that will have a greater impact, like Kiva.org and Water.org or invest in your favorite charities to adopt local families that are in need).
Love All (Love those who are often forgotten this time of year, such as those in nursing homes or other care facilities. Look for opportunities to serve in the margins (homeless, at-risk youth, the ailing, etc).
To learn more about The Advent Conspiracy, click here.
Let’s make this year an extraordinary celebration. I’m eager to hear your ideas.