By Catherine Moran
As the consumer culture machine grows ever more advanced, I’m seeing Christmas advertisements all over the place now, and we’re barely at mid-November! These ads serve to make me feel a little crazed. Despite the fact that I’m getting better about not buying excess Stuff, the frenzied atmosphere that precedes Christmas in the months (months!!) leading up to it can still make me feel somewhat pressured to contribute to buy in, as it were, to the idea that the holidays mean showing someone you care by giving them a new watch or gaming system.
That said, here’s a great list from the Huffington Post for gifts that are fun for kids, but won’t contribute to clutter. I found the link through the Clean Big Project’s Facebook page. It’s okay to be creative with gifts; consumer culture wants us to feel cheap if we give something such as a homemade coupon book to a friend or family member, but that’s actually more meaningful than something grabbed off a shelf. The gift giver put in the time and thought to consider the recipient’s personality, and what sorts of things would bring a smile to their face. Thought! It really does count. Keep it in mind as the holiday season festivities begin to ramp up, and stay strong. (Of course, Stuff will inevitably creep into the equation, but remember that you vote with your dollars, so if you can, shop where it counts.)
Happy not-yet Thanksgiving!
Adventures in Greening is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Monday at noon. It is written by the very eco-conscious Catherine Moran. Follow Catherine on Twitter here, or check out her excellent book blog.