Reading this blog post got me thinking… The more I pondered, the more I became convinced I wanted in! So once I’ve finished the Breadline Challenge at the end of this week, I’ll be taking the Reverse Advent Challenge.
Er, the what challenge now?!
The Reverse Advent Challenge involves giving away one of your possessions every day during the run up to Christmas. No doubt you’ve done some quick maths and worked out that’s a total of 24 items!
But isn’t Christmas the time for getting and giving presents?
Indeed! Christmas is synonymous with battling crowds at the local shopping mall to find the perfect gifts for friends and family. It’s about trees, turkey, tinsel and all manner of excess. It’s about asking for and (if you’ve been good) receiving things you want. It’s about spending money. It’s about – let’s be honest here – accumulating unnecessary stuff. I like presents as much as the next person, but I hate the commercialism of Christmas and the obligation people feel under to buy things for loved ones they perhaps can’t actually afford.
The Reverse Advent Challenge turns all of that on it’s head. It’s perfect for those of us who harbour a deep rooted sense of ‘bah humbug’ towards the negative aspects of December.
So who gets 24 items of your finest stuff then?
Any clothes will be joining the already large box coming with me to Crisis Christmas this year, and will be distributed to the homeless guests. Everything else will make its way to the charity shop my mum volunteers at. The idea of other people making good use of things I don’t need has given me that warm and fuzzy feeling for ages.
How much of a challenge is this going to be?
Good question. Whatever the opposite of a hoarder is, that’s me! If I don’t need/use/wear/like it anymore, it gets re-homed, quick sharp. Compared to a lot of people, I don’t have much unnecessary stuff. So perhaps the challenge will be tough. On the other hand, this is the perfect excuse for me to have a really good clear out and be extra ruthless with my possessions, and that’s a prospect I find oddly exciting!
I think the Reverse Advent Challenge is a great idea, so I hope this post convinces a few more people to join in. It gives this time of year a lovely spin and I can see this becoming a new Christmas tradition for me.