WOULD YOU LIKE TO:
…then why not try to BUY NOTHING this holiday season?!
Americans spend as much as $450 billion per Christmas season…
In a country that considers itself largely Christian, how did we ever come to believe that
spending BILLIONS of dollars during Christmas is somehow paying a tribute to Jesus
Some ideas for a “Buy Nothing” holiday:
- The best gifts come in no packages. The Christmas story is all about turning the system upside down.
- Time is often a bigger gift than money. Creating coupons that offer free babysitting or housecleaning, a neck massage or a special treat can mean morethan a stocking stuffer.
- Many people have set up “free stores”, bringing things they didn’t need and trading with each other.
- Homemade gifts are an excellent way to tell someone close to you that you love them.
- Donate used toys and clothes to a shelter or toy drive.
- Choose to write letters to prisoners and/or soldiers as a group project for people who would otherwise receive little or nothing for Christmas.
- Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or mission.
Resources for further investigation:
- The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)
- Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn
- The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen
- Adbusters Magazine
- Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider
Here are a few quotes by that famous guy that this whole Christmas thing is based
“…but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” -Mark 4:19
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” -Matthew 6:24
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” -Luke 12:15
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Matthew 6:21
“Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.” -Mark 8:36
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” -Mark 8:36
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. -Luke 12:33
“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”
Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God -Luke 6:20
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Luke 6:24