Gifting: Consumerism ≠ happiness, memories or meaning

This is the second or third Christmas, to my knowledge, that the Advent Conspiracy has been around.


The video largely follows the ideas behind this Gifting series. I like that it points out that consumerism doesn’t equal happiness, memories or meaning.

And speaking of Advent, my wife and I plan to read through the new book God With Us: Rediscovering the meaning of Christmas. It was published last Fall and covers Advent, Christmas and Epiphany according to an interview of Kathleen Norris, a contributing author in the book, by Gregory Wolfe. The hour-long interview can be heard or downloaded on the Rediscovering Christmas website. The same website describes the book by saying “Through daily meditations, scripture, prayer, illuminating history and fine art, we experience what saints have glimpsed through the ages — the wonder of God made flesh.” We have high hopes for the book which arrived on our doorstep during lunch today.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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