Advent Conspiracy: give presence

advent conspiracy

Now that the wrapping and bows are demolished, we can share our Advent Conspiracy without giving away any surprises. We hope it gives you ideas for giving relationally in 2011 — Advent Conspiracy doesn't have to stop after Christmas.

Advent Conspiracy encourages giving presence. Bake cookies together. Go sledding. Give a bag of fair-trade coffee or a (PRODUCT)RED Starbucks card specifically for together time. Trade in expensive and forgettable obligation gifts for the cherished and memorable gift of time.

boston marathon finish line

But for those of us who live halfway across the country from the rest of our family, how do we still give presence?

4th of july fireworks from the esplanade

After some thought, Ian and I came up with a project — we turned our best photos of the year into postcards (moo.com was great for this!). It used our passions and talents (and lots of time and effort) to create something meaningful for our families. And we hope this project allows us to share life and connect across the many miles.

heart mike's pastry

Write a poem, a story, or a thoughtful letter. Go online and make a photobook. Schedule a Skype date. Send a care package of homemade goodies. What are you good at? What do you enjoy? How can you share it?

Click here to see all 24 postcards.