Watch the above video clip on how Jesus celebrated Christmas.

Everyone wants Christmas to be meaningful.

But, instead it becomes, shop, shop, shop, credit cards, traffic jams, todo lists, useless gifts,

then off to church, Noel, noel, noel,

Sometimes we are glad just to survive it

Did you know Americans spend 450 billion on Christmas every year.

So we ask? How did Jesus celebrate?

Jeus gave. He gave himself relationally, incarnation, time, space, presence,

presence…Did you see where this is going?

What if you brought fewer gifts,

that sweater she wont like, that random gift certificate,

that toy he doesn’t need, and then instead of buying that gift,

give something valuable like your TIME.

talk, eat, sled, bake, bike, read…TOGETHER.

Make gifts (like when you were a kid)

and remember that money you didn’t spend for gifts,

what if you gave some of it away?

to the poor, the hurting, the lonely, the hungry, the sick, the thirsty.

Lack of clean water kills more people everyday than anything

And here’s the thing:

The estimated cost to make clean water available to everyone is 10 billion

10 billion solve world water problem, 450 billion spent on christmas

DO YOU SEE WHAT COULD HAPPEN?

In 2006, four churches gave $500,000 to build fresh water wells

In 2007, more churches said Let’s do this thing and 3 million was given.

Thats a lot of love…life all because people $pent

less on gifts and more on relationships

Let’s face it

consumerism != happiness

consumerism != memories

consumerism != meaning

Spend less on gifts

Give more presence

Love like Jesus

It began with worship

It begins with worship

Worship fully

Spend less

Give more

Love All

This is the season of advent

You are free to worship…live…breathe…give…laugh…celebrate…conspire

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