What happened to Christmas?

It began in an explosion of joy! Angels blowing trumpets and shouting from the heavens that a new King has been born, a testament to the hope that a new kingdom is possible.

But what was once a time to celebrate this great proclamation, has somehow—perhaps without our even noticing—devolved into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists. And for what? When it’s all over, many of us are left with nothing more than gifts to return, a house to clean, debt that we’ll be paying off well into the summer, and a sort of empty feeling like we missed what all the hype was about, that there should have been something more.

What if there is? What if this Christmas we could proclaim with the angles that a new King is born, and that therefore a new kingdom is possible—a kingdom where love rules over hate, where the hungry are fed, where relationships are mended, and life abounds? What if…

Advent Conspiracy is a swelling movement of Christians committed to worshiping fully, spending less, giving more, and loving all this Christmas, and to the belief that if we are faithful to that call, Christmas can [still] change the world!

What do you think? Has Christmas been completely hijacked by consumer culture, or do you still experience deep joy and hope during this season? What can we do to begin to reclaim the good news of Christmas?

This week, I’ll be writing a series of posts on those four commitments, to: worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all. But in the mean time, you can check out Advent Conspiracy, here.

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