I heard a Marketplace segment on Tuesday titled Rethinking the idea of gift giving featuring Joel Waldfogel, author of Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays. The book is featured in George Will’s column (Strib reprint today), The gift of not giving: Another huge, value-destroying hurricane is about to slam America.
And then today I see that a former family therapist colleague, Bill Doherty, is featured in this Strib article titled Church movement aims to reclaim Christmas: More and more congregations spend Black Friday rethinking consumption. Bill was a featured guest in an NCO online forum I moderated back in ’97 titled Building cohesive family.
The protest against Christmas consumption, organized by the Advent Conspiracy, has become an international phenomenon. The program, created by three pastors in 2006, is being presented this year in as many as 1,500 churches, including several in the Twin Cities.