An email newsletter arrived overnight to remind me to not get caught up in the pull of the over the top stupidity of the Silly Season/Christmas/Xmas/Holidays……what ever name you label it. Contrary to what some folk have said about me, I don’t hate Xmas, i love the getting together with loved ones and sharing and spending special times, I do however hate the rampant and mindless commercialism that drives way too many
I will share the email text below as it has good ideas for us all to make easy small changes within our giving circles. And ultimately be part of a social change for the better.
” However you celebrate, the holiday season provides an opportunity express gratitude for what we have and to spend time with the ones we love. But for years, retailers have been trying to write a new story for the holidays, one that puts presents before presence. Instead of expressing our love by doing stuff with our families, corporations want us to keep buying Stuff for them.
But this consumer frenzy has serious consequences for the planet, and is turning the holidays into a time of stress and anxiety.
That’s why we’re sharing these tips for a simpler holiday season:
1 Participate in Buy Nothing Day on November 24. Take the pledge to avoid crowded malls on the busiest shopping day of the year, and invite your friends to do the same!
2 Start a conversation about Stuff. Talk with your friends and family about where our Stuff comes from and where it goes – and the impacts on people and the planet along the way. Sharing The Story of Stuff movie on social media is a great icebreaker!
3 Give a non-material gift like event tickets, membership to a local museum, or a charitable donation in someone’s name.
4 Gift something home-made or second-hand like baked goods, upcycled art, or quality used items.
5 Volunteer with a local charity or community organization – and bring your friends along, too.
6 Make a plan to relax. Holiday obligations and activities can leave us with little time to truly recharge. Set aside some time to get out into nature or to simply curl up with a good book.
7 Give the gift of an empty mailbox with Catalog Choice. This free website operated by The Story of Stuff Project can help you cancel unwanted catalogs and other junk mail. Sign up and get started now!
From all of us at The Story of Stuff Project,”