Monday, November 30, 2009

The Advent Conspiracy: Focusing on the real reason for the Season.

This Christmas our family is trying something new.

Christmas is a time when we are supposed to reflect on God sending His son to earth as a baby. It's a time to worship God and reflect on the Gospel and what it means to live out that Gospel.

Yet, many times Christmas has become a time where we are super busy doing things, rather than being with family. We are running around trying to make Christmas meaningful by visiting Santa, buying presents and trying to fit everything into our already crammed schedule. We stress ourselves out trying to find that "perfect" present for people, when in all actuality we just want time.

So, this year we are trying something new as a family. It's called the Advent Conspiracy, and the idea behind it is amazing.

Instead of spending a ton of time and money running around, we want to make this Christmas more meaningful for our family. So, we are thinking of creative ways to show people we love them (more meaningful, personal gifts). And, with the extra time and money we are saving we are going to give more to charities and spend time serving with our families.

It's going to be hard, but we know that it's going to be worth it. We just want to discover more of what it means to worship Jesus this Christmas.


Heidi said...

Totally with you on this!

This year we are adopting the 3 gift rule for our boys(like the 3 gifts of the wisemen)

1 - something you want
2- something you need
3- something to read

socking will be from santa...we read "santa are you for real" in addition to the christmas story to help owen see the historical explanation of st. nick...good stuff!

ksev said...

Loved the photos. Nathaniel is so cute. Sam looks pretty fit. Too bad about the long wait but that's the military.