Advent Conspiracy

December 4, 2008 at 11:11 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t know about you but it seems to me that Christmas has already hit its full stride. It’s as if every year the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas shrinks a little more and the stress of the holidays expands. Why is that? What if it could be different?

The poor economy has added even more stress to pressure of holiday shoping. Yet Forbes reports, “The National Retail Federation (NRF) says the number of shoppers either in stores or accessing online retailers, from Black Friday through Sunday, was up 17% versus last year and that the average amount spent was up 7.2%. According to the NRF, shoppers were busy buying clothes and electronics. Meanwhile, ShopperTrak, which monitors sales at shopping centers and malls around the country, says Black Friday sales were up 3% versus last year.”

What if we all stepped back from our own lives and looked at a more global picture? How could the holidays be different if we made it less about stuff and more about people? What if we spent our time and money to enrich the lives of others?

We came across the video posted below that stopped us in our tracks and is challenging the ways we spend our Christmas. The initial tempation after watching this is to say, “Oh it’s too late. I’ve already done my shopping. We’ve already made our plans.” Please don’t misunderstand. This isn’t meant to make anyone feel guilty. And by the way, we’ve done our Christmas shopping too. But, it’s never too late to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s never too late to sacrifice something on someone else’s behalf.

Movement and change has to start with someone. How about you? What can you do this year to make the holidays different? Please share your comments and ideas for others to see.

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