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What Would Jesus Buy DVD cover“What was Christmas before the shopping started?” asks the Reverend Billy in What Would Jesus Buy?, a 2007 documentary produced by Super Size Me‘s Morgan Spurlock.  Determined to spread the message that Americans have too long lingered in the Valley of the Shadow of Debt, Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir embark on a cross-country mission to reignite the true spirit of Christmas.  Whatever you may think of the grandstanding and over-the-top theatrics, you’ll find some surprisingly serious ideas about rampant consumerism, sweatshop manufacturing, labor outsourcing, and holiday commercialization.  What Would Jesus Buy? is a charismatic challenge to examine whether our Christmas hopes, joys, and dreams truly can be realized while we stand in line at the local mall.