I have loved everything about the Advent Conspiracy since I first heard about it. The basic concept is really simple...
I know we can't make everyone in our extended families do these things. And to be really honest, a few years ago if someone had tried to tell me to change the way I celebrate Christmas (especially the spending less part) I probably would have smiled and went right ahead buying whatever I wanted to buy so my kids would have lots of fun stuff under the tree. It's not that we ever went way overboard (oh - unless you compare it to what someone gets for Christmas in Ethiopia). Deep down I didn't want my kids to be disappointed.
Disappointed? I can think of a few other things I don't want my kids to be more than being disappointed.
The thing I love about the AC model is the focus on Christ and on giving in worship, in presence and in loving others. That's what I want this season to be about in my life.
Lord, show me how to make these things my priority! Show me who. Show me where.