If you’re Orthodox, you’re probably now beginning a forty-day season of fasting in preparation for Christmas. That’s a time for eating simply, eating less, eating prayerfully (making mealtimes into a three-times-a-day reminder that this is a time set apart for mindfulmess of God.) But fasting from luxury foods isn’t the point of Advent; a fast is a time to intensify prayer and almsgiving.
Advent Conspiracy says they are “an international movement restoring the scandal of Christmas by substituting compassion for consumption.” Details at adventconspiracy.org. Is their brand of practical, effective action an avenue you’ll choose for your Christmas season almsgiving?