Spend less, Give more This Christmas

05Dec11

How do you feel about Christmas? Every year when December rolls around, people seem to get into a crazy panic mode. They are already sun-deprived, cold-stroked, and marginally depressed when the pressing deadline of December 25 simply adds more salt to the already bleeding wound. “Oh! It’s not that bad! I love Christmas!” Yes, Christmas could also be a time for family and friends to get together, or office people to loosen up at the company-sponsored “winter celebration” parties. Whether you love or hate it, Christmas is a time of giving, celebrating and spending time with your loved ones.

Unfortunately, Christmas has become a season of spending, shopping and self-indulgence. We seem to care more about getting the items to be put under the tree or hosting an awesome party when our attention could have been given to the people we’re shopping for or inviting to the party. Did you get a bigger rush when you’ve stroke out the last name on your shopping list than actually knowing the gift-receivers really, honestly love (or use) your gifts? Did you get so focused on getting all the food and wine ready for the party that you spend most of the time in the kitchen rather than to mingle with your guests?

If you’ve said yes, you are not alone. We all suffer the “Christmas syndrome” in some ways. This year, why don’t we make a conscious effort to change?

The Advent Conspiracy “was started in 2006 by five pastors who decided to make Christmas a revolutionary event by encouraging their faith communities to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All.”

Regardless of your faith, this Christmas let’s spend less and give more. Does your niece really need another doll? Do you really need one more sweater? Could your gift not come in a plastic container or a box (e.g., DIY or bought at a craft fair made by a local artist)? Could your gift continue to give (e.g., give a plant that will keep flourishing, or give a goat, which will provide milk for a family in a third world country)?

Save another person from getting an unwanted gift. De-clutter. Spend less. Give more.

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