During Advent, we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. However, consumerism can also compete for our attention and keep us from experiencing Advent and Christmas as truly spirit-filled times. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Americans spend $60.2 billion on toys and sports supplies, $96.9 billion on personal care products, $88.1 billion on tobacco products, and $40 billion on renovating their outdoor gardens. This 10-page resource (with activity sheets) looks at the topic of consumerism during the Christmas season and includes:
- prayers and reflections,
- activities with print-ready handouts
- discussion questions focusing on simplifying Christmas and remembering its true meaning.