Have you heard of the Advent Conspiracy? It’s a movement encouraging Americans to stop spending so much on Christmas, and start giving. Whether you celebrate Christmas for the cookies or for Christ, you can harness the energy of the season and use it to make a difference in the world for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the thirsty.
Americans spend $450,000,000,000 on Christmas every year. That’s 450 BILLION DOLLARS.
Meanwhile, lack of clean water kills more people everyday than almost anything. The estimated cost to make clean water available to everyone is $20 billion per year. (Less than 5% of our national Christmas “budget.”)
What if we gave some of that money away
instead of buying more toys he doesn’t need and clothes she won’t wear? What if we made gifts instead of buying them? What if we gifted experiences instead of stuff? Consumerism does not equal happiness, memories, or meaning.
Do you see what could happen?
This year, spend less on gifts, more on relationships.