Thursday, December 1, 2011

This Christmas -No Frills, no Fuss, just God

It is a challenge. Not to be part of the commercialized Christmas. After all, it is a fun season. About cookies and Santa Claus, elfing, gifting, children's laughter and partying with friends and family. But it is time to really re-examine our Christmas traditions and the customs of stuff-gathering & stress-surviving. A message from Advent Conspiracy movement touched our hearts and provided us a clear message on how to celebrate Christmas more meaningfully. Our Sunday School class encouraged us to re-gift that white elephant in our house at the gift exchange and donate the $15 we would otherwise spent on a gift towards an agreed charity. If we just buy one less gift, all of us, and donate that money towards charity, we can make significant changes in the world, collectively. This is the Greathouse Challenge this year. To be part of the advert conspiracy this Christmas.

The story of Christ's birth is a story of promise, hope, and revolutionary love. How did it turn into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists?

The Advent Conspiracy is a movement. It’s tens of thousands of Christians around the world throwing the kind of birthday party Jesus loves. It started in 2006 with just four churches. Today there are Advent Conspirators in over 20 countries, celebrating Christmas more deeply and blessing others with safe drinking water, offered in Jesus’ name.

The conspiracy is based on four simple ideas:

Worship Fully

Christmas is about Jesus. Full worship isn’t about more church services. It’s about everything, everywhere.

Spend Less

Christmas is about turning love into a human, not a thing. Americans spend $400 billion on Christmas—we think a better party is possible.

Give More

Christmas is about God giving himself away to the people he loves. Why don’t we do the same?

Love All

Christmas is about love without borders or boundaries.
People give just a little of that money they saved to clean water projects, and the impact is enormous. Hundreds of thousands have received clean drinking water. This is the place where you come to follow the movement and see the change.

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