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The Advent Conspiracy

Piggy-backing on yesterday’s post, here’s a group of Christians who get it. (Despite the fact they picked an unfortunate name for their movement.) From Time magazine:

A movement like the Advent Conspiracy is countercultural on two fronts – not just fighting the secular idea that Christmas is a month-long shopping and decorating ritual, but the powerful conservative notion that the holiday requires acknowledgement from the nation’s retailers to be truly meaningful. It’s not easy, says one youth pastor whose church is part of the Advent Conspiracy. “When you start jacking with people’s idea of what Christmas is and you start to go against this $450 billion machine of materialism and consumerism, it really messes with people,” he explains. “It takes a lot of patience to say there’s a different way – Christmas doesn’t have to be like this.”

More here. (We especially like the phrase “restoring the scandal of Christmas by substituting compassion for consumption.”)

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