Monday, November 8, 2010

Advent Conspiracy ~ How do we celebrate?

Earlier today I was watching my good friend Molly of Go Mom on her Mom TV show.  Molly was discussing getting prepared for the holidays.  I am so grateful to her because her organization skills inspire me to be better prepared.  So Molly's show made me think about the holidays which inevitably leads to thinking about all of the hoopla that surrounds Christmas.  A few years ago, a friend sent me a video from a group called Advent Conspiracy and it resonated with me.  We all get videos and sometimes they are of someone's kids being funny or the antics of a cat.  This video is different.  I hope that you will take a look.  I am sharing the first video that came out several years ago, then an update that was done last year. 

I want you to hear me loud and clear.  I am not advocating NOT buying presents and decorating for Christmas.  I am advocating taking a look at what you and your family are doing and see what you can do to make your celebrations more relational and less commercial.  I still fully intend to buy video games for my children and my nieces and nephews, but I am also going to look for ways for us all to celebrate together that are not reliant upon cash.  I am also trying to figure out how to give back.  We try to shop for children off of the Salvation Army Angel Tree, but there are other things we can do.  I guess that's what I would love for us all to consider.  What can we take off of our schedule, that doesn't make sense for our families, to make room for ways to give back. 

I hope that whatever holiday you happen to celebrate, it is filled with Joy and Love

For more information about the "conspiracy" please visit Advent Conspiracy


Unknown said...

This will be the third Christmas we have participated in the Advent Conspiracy, but it will be the first time my husband and I giving up our wish lists. We are asking our family to not give us any gifts at all, but if they would like to they can donate to Living Water Intl or Compassion or Children's Hope Chest. I'd like to scale back a bit with the kids too, but my husband doesn't want to do that yet.

Unknown said...

Love, love, love the videos. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Less really can be better when it comes to all the chaos of the season. Thanks for sharing.