Advent Conspiracy – Calling off Christmas?
We never taught our kids about Santa Clause.
For some reason the idea of lying to my kids about a jolly old guy in red that flies around in a sleigh, sliding down chimneys and bringing presents on the day we are supposedly celebrating the birth of our King seemed a little counter-productive.
Especially when I consider the idea that I am also teaching them about another man they cannot see, who brings them the gift of life. The idea of one day having to inform them (or having their friends at school inform them) that I was lying to them about the one man (that’s the big one in the red jump suit) seems like it might impair their trust for me regarding the other one (that’s the one that died on the cross)
Giant bunnies that bring eggs on the day he died and rose from the grave also seems a little weird. I won’t get into the pagan roots of these ludicrous practices in the church, but suffice it to say that I consider it absolutely insane that we condone this kind of thing in the church. Step back for a second. It’s entirely weird!
We have also worked to teach our boys that Christmas is not a day for them to get gifts. If you ask my boys who gets presents on Christmas they will tell you that Jesus should. And ask them why?
“Its HIS BIRTHDAY – Silly”
So our Christmas looks a little different than the traditional Evangelical American Christmas. Is that weird? Too much for you….? Well, I’d say that your giant bunny, fairy that collects teeth, and jolly old red guy who slides down chimneys are a little weird from where I am standing. I guess we all get to have an opinion.
In any case….a few years ago we came across a movement that started sometime back in 2006. Several churches had banded together to “conspire” to change the way they did Christmas. Instead of spending insane amounts of money on gifts that people didn’t really want, they agreed to cut back on spending…give more of their time and love instead, and spend the money they would have thrown into stupid sweaters and neck ties into things that matter…like I dunno, water for the millions of people around the world who don’t have any clean drinking water.
Christmas is the day we supposedly celebrate the birth of Jesus.You know…Jesus…the king who elected to be born in a manger. The king who turned the world upside down by teaching us that in His kingdom it is the low who are blessed, the poor who are lifted up. Jesus, the one who told us to live as aliens and strangers in this weird world. And we do this by spending more money on this single day on STUFF than any other day in the year. Heck, more than many countries annual GDP.
I liken it to celebrating Charles Dickens’ birthday by having a book burning. Its just plan strange how we got to this point…
So what does it look like for Jesus to get presents on Christmas?
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Perhaps you could consider sponsoring a child for Christmas this year. We would love that. And I know the Orphan you sponsor would too. Our families all know that we wont be accepting any gifts again this year, for us or for our kids. If they want to spend money on gifts we would love them to sponsor a child or donate to the Care Point as a gift. You can learn more about sponsoring a child at one of our CarePoints here
Change their Story
This year, our family is working to raise money for projects related to our CarePoints in Uganda through the Change their Story campaign. Our kids will happily forgo presents this year as we work as a team to raise money for our orphaned extended family in Uganda. You can learn more about our projects at last weeks blog post CHANGE THEIR STORY or at the two project fund raising pages.
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