Tuesday, November 06, 2007

buying less, doing more good

I'm feeling called to use this year's Advent season as a time to challenge consumerism.

Not just to be a grinch, but because we need to remember that things are and are not good for: when they add beauty to the world, sustain life and build what I'd call God's kin-dom, things can be very good. More often, though, they distract me.

So, this year, I'm gonna try to give better gifts. I love to make things, so that's going up at the top of my list: things I can enjoy creating that others will find useful. (Using recycled materials would be even better, though I also have no problem with simply using up the containers of materials I've been accumulating and storing away...) I'm also keen on thinking of gifts that might help build relationships with other people--finding ways to give the gift of time together, and good things to do in that time. And, of course, giving "alternative Christmas" gifts--donations to worthy causes--in honor of people.

I think it's gonna be fun.

Wanna join me?

I was delighted by the Advent Conspiracy website (thanks for the tip-off, Er). I can jump on that bandwagon. Or, better, find my own solar- or human-energy powered vehicle to ride along that route. ;)

Buy less. Worship more. Give more. All that.


RevErikaG said...

wild and crazy that evangelicals are joining us in seeing the value of advent, and in consuming less! Hooray!
And, what's up with the weird mail? Craziness!

christian_left said...


A nice book on this subject (with an author who happens to be United Methodist!) is

McKibben, Bill. Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

feminist_mom said...

Hope you enjoy the place in CO gift this year in jan.... love, mom
ps have to check on this book and erika's website! I am also into recyclables or giving gifts of charity, groups that make a difference like PPRI in NE... also simple living.org and unplug the Christmas tree! Books are a great gift too and used books!