Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Advent Conspiracy

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can officially talk about Christmas! I'm sure you've seen some alarming things on the news lately regarding consumerism. What have the Holidays come to when a man is trampled to death in a Wal-Mart on Black Friday by average people in pursuit of cheap holiday gifts? When folks have to mail toy manufacturers begging them to stop marketing directly to their children, because they simply don't have the money this year to afford those fancy toys?

Why have we Americans strayed so far from celebrating the true reason for the season every year? I think something's gotta give:

(from Advent Conspiracy)

Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? Makes you want to change something, right?

This year I went home to spend a few days with my mom cooking and baking and crafting. We had so much fun together, and we came away with dozens of adorable and yummy gifts to give away this Christmas (roasted pecans, snickerdoodles, decorated candles, hot chocolate mix.)

Brent and I plan on giving these as gifts and donating some money to Living Water International.

What do you think? Is any of this something you could, would, or are doing? Do you think it will feel weird to give your friends and family smaller gifts? (And will they appreciate them as much?) What are some ways that we can Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All? Please share any ideas, insight, or experiences you have; I'm still trying to figure it out myself.

Update: Check out this article about alternatives to traditional gift-giving.

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Michael & Amanda Soape said...

very good point!!! I was just talking with Michael about that the other day. I really want our children to not have Christmas's that are over done. We have decided that for our children we want our families to only put money back for their college as Christmas presents.

VideoBride said...

Hey Amanda!
Ha Ha, that's so funny because we had the same thought process. I think it would be nice to do small gifts for each kid, maybe less than $50, then put a bigger chunk into savings for their future. Brent was saying how if he could live his life over again, with the knowledge he has now, he would completely forgo all the toys and such and just have that money invested. How different our lives would be today!

The only thing is, that doesn't really address the issue of "spending less". It's still a lot of money spent for each Christmas. What to do?

Tara said...

So I have a few people left to get small things for on my list! Now I know exactly what to give! A donation in their honor! Thanks for sharing the video, I wish everyone could see it! I'm going to share it with my family for sure.