Spend Less, Give More during the Holiday Season

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In the midst of this final week of Christmas shopping & the frenzy & rush that happens as you try to get everything bought in time for Christmas, I wanted to share a different perspective in a video called the Advent Conspiracy.

[AC] Promo 2011 from Advent Conspiracy on Vimeo.

We watched this last year for the first time at our church & we showed this again yesterday in our MOPS group. It’s a very powerful video about slowing down & focusing on quality time & meaningful gifts & not so many material gifts, so you can give more generously- of your time and resources. This video specifically talks about the need for clean water in so many parts of the world & how we can help when we take the focus off of the material gifts & more on the real reason for the season.

You can learn more about the Advent Conspiracy on their website. It’s sobering to hear that Americans spend $450  billion on Christmas gifts every year, yet there are communities living without clean water. It only takes $20 billion to bring clean water to everyone in the world. Definitely gives you perspective in the midst of this busy season & makes you think about what’s really important.


  1. Thanks for sharing Jen, compelling food for thought. We did not spend more then we felt comfortable on Christmas, and we were able to help other families – but even then I am left wondering if presents are the best use of resources when there are people who need things like food and water. With all of the deals we might not have spent much but we ended up with more presents then I am comfortable giving my kiddos (in all honesty). Time to sit back and reevaluate for the future for us for sure…..

  2. Thank you for posting this! It is great! My kids are getting presents that are not things but experiences they will share with family and friends! Paintballing, movies, bowling and others! This way we are active! Those are memories they will always remember.

    May God Bless you and your family!

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