In my search for Advent resources, I came across the booklet Ideas for Reclaiming Advent and Christmas, which is available as a free PDF document from the Presbyterian Church. During the weeks preceding Christmas in the U.S., there is a heavy cultural emphasis on shopping and spending money. I am thankful for resources that remind me I am not alone in my desire for less consumption, in my sorrow that we could celebrate a peacemaker’s birth with expressions of excess. It is wonderful and necessary to have supports for focusing on the spiritual significance of the season, and for incorporating awareness of sustainability into our celebrations.
The document, only four pages long, is full of interesting suggestions. I encourage you to take a look.
I invite you to leave comments that include your favorite resources for simplifying holiday celebrations. Perhaps you know a blog with handmade gift ideas, or an inspiring article on keeping God at the center of our celebrations?