A group of Pastors and their churches decided last year to redirect some of their Christmas spending in ways they felt would do honor to Jesus Christ. Their website is:
It’s much like our “Alternative Christmas Market” that we had last week. It seeks to redirect some of our holiday gift giving into “Holy Day” gifting for those in need.
They are asking us all to:
• Worship More — Worshiping Christ can become the greatest and most enjoyed focus of the season.
• Give More — God gave his Son as a relational gift; Christians can try to give more meaningful, relational and experiential gifts instead of just expensive ones.
• Spend Less — Decrease the volume of purchasing and receiving costly Christmas gifts.
• Love All — In the Advent, Jesus enters our poverty so we will no longer be poor. With the money saved by giving relationally and resisting consumerism, people can redistribute that money to the “least of these” in their communities and the world.
Recently, I ran across these ideas about how to do that in a more personal way at home. How many of them do you see you and your family doing?