I thought since we are officially into the Advent season I’d share Advent Conspiracy to you.  I think by some of the events of Black Friday we can see that we need to do something differently.  Americans spend approximately $450 Billion on gifts every year.  What if we spent less and give more?  Spend more in time and less in material things?  Spend less time shopping and more with those we love?  Focus less on the activities and stress of the season and more on the One the season is all about in the first place?

Video HT: Jon Duey

Imagine what could be done with even a fraction of the money we spend on gifts if it went to help those less fortunate?  Let’s worship more fully!  Let’s place the emphasis on Christ and not on consumerism.

9 comments
  1. I dread the commercialism of the season. I join you in prayer that we may remember who it is we should be celebrating and how He would have us do it.

  2. I dread the commercialism of the season. I join you in prayer that we may remember who it is we should be celebrating and how He would have us do it.

  3. I dread the commercialism of the season. I join you in prayer that we may remember who it is we should be celebrating and how He would have us do it.

  4. Shane – I couldn’t agree with you more! As one of the shoppers on “Black Friday” (just because I’d never been brave enough to try it in years past), I found myself wanting to leave shortly after arriving at the mall. The cultural obsession with ‘stuff’ was upsetting, and the focus on the holiday was completely misplaced. It’s amazing that we took something so precious as the birth of the Saviour and turned it into something so meaningless… It would be amazing if we could take all of the energy and money that is put towards ‘the perfect gift’ (or whatever if is that people are looking for) and put it towards making sure people know the meaning of the holiday, and making sure that they can experience the love of the Savior.

  5. Shane – I couldn’t agree with you more! As one of the shoppers on “Black Friday” (just because I’d never been brave enough to try it in years past), I found myself wanting to leave shortly after arriving at the mall. The cultural obsession with ‘stuff’ was upsetting, and the focus on the holiday was completely misplaced. It’s amazing that we took something so precious as the birth of the Saviour and turned it into something so meaningless… It would be amazing if we could take all of the energy and money that is put towards ‘the perfect gift’ (or whatever if is that people are looking for) and put it towards making sure people know the meaning of the holiday, and making sure that they can experience the love of the Savior.

  6. Shane – I couldn’t agree with you more! As one of the shoppers on “Black Friday” (just because I’d never been brave enough to try it in years past), I found myself wanting to leave shortly after arriving at the mall. The cultural obsession with ‘stuff’ was upsetting, and the focus on the holiday was completely misplaced. It’s amazing that we took something so precious as the birth of the Saviour and turned it into something so meaningless… It would be amazing if we could take all of the energy and money that is put towards ‘the perfect gift’ (or whatever if is that people are looking for) and put it towards making sure people know the meaning of the holiday, and making sure that they can experience the love of the Savior.

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