Monday, 29 November 2010

The List - Let the Conspiracy Begin

It is Monday morning and I have been up since 5am.  It is not that I can't sleep because I am worried about something but I think I am up because I can't wait for the day to begin.  I am excited.  More excited then I have been in a while.  I don't feel tired.  I feel energized and no I have not had a lot of coffee yet!

So why the sudden change?  It began last week when I posted the video on the Advent conspiracy.  I have not been able to stop thinking about it.  I am not sure if it was the question that asked, "How would Jesus spend Christmas?"  Maybe it was the fact that our Christmas spending in Canada could solve the world's clean water problem.  Maybe it is that no matter how many great events I attend or Christmas carols I sing, my soul has often longed for something more, something different, something that is missing from the Christmas that we have created.  So I began to pray and ideas began to pop in my head.  Crazy ideas.  Exciting ideas.  What could we (The McGibbon Family) do, to join the conspiracy?  What if we didn't just say, what a great video or what a great message; what if we seriously thought about how Jesus would celebrate.  What if we as a family were part of the conspiracy?  What if this advent season we truly did our best to enter the story?  What if everyday from December 1st to December 25th, we did something as a family to try to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all.  What would that look like?

Well, I am not quite sure but we are intent on finding out.  Last night, as we began to decorate our house for Christmas, we sat with the kids and told them about the idea.  We talked about the video.  The kids began to ask questions.  We began to brainstorm ideas.  We all started to get excited.  We started to make a list and everyone was contributing.  We began to conspire.

So I am up this morning.  I can't wait to get going!  I can't wait to see how the list plays out.  I can't wait to do some of the things on the list.  Our kids have fantastic ideas.  Twenty-five ideas.  Twenty-five ways to try to celebrate Christmas like Jesus. We are going to post about what we are up to each day.  Maybe you would like to start your own list.  I would love to hear about it.


  1. Hi Kim and Family,

    I have been reading about this Advent Conspiracy movement and am excited about what ideas you and your family might have. For too long we have allowed the consumer culture around us dictate how we spend Christmas, usually trying to fit Jesus in there somewhere. I look forward to reading about your adventures in advent as a family. Know that you and all in your household are in my prayers.

    Brian Martin

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