We've all heard how consumerism is killing our planet as well as our Christmas spirit. Instead of thinking about the plastic in the oceans, the environment we'll be leaving for our children, or even the look on a person's face when we present them with a gift, we are, instead, hustling through busy malls, grabbing at things that could pass as a decent gift, and reluctantly waiting in those long Christmas line-ups with our credit cards ready for tapping.
Why do we do this to ourselves. What happened to aspiring for things, having gratitude or wishlists. Before credit cards, we used to save up for things and wait for the item in hopes no one would buy it before we could save up for it. Living in such a quick-fix, 2-day delivery world, I felt it was high-time to do a post about a sustainable Christmas. If you'd rather watch the short video, you can do so here:
I like to use what I have. Whether I'm making playdough with my son, or baking my own bread, I use what I have because (honestly) full cupboards stress me out. I think the holidays can also stress people out. It's too much to think about, too much pressure to get something that someone really truly wants, stressful to keep your savings account afloat, etc. So here's what I do in my home.
For years, I have been storing away amazon brown packaging paper. I don't order a lot or often but when we do order, there is always an obscene amount of paper within the boxes. When it's time to wrap a gift, I simply use that spare paper in place of the gift wapping decorative paper. Last Christmas, I dehydrated fruit and hung it off of some turkey string that I had saved from our previous thanksgiving that year. This year, I plucked a few evergreen springs from our own Christmas tree and tucked it into that same turnkey yard. Be careful not to not the yard in such a way that your spouse, friend, or family member cannot open the gift! My first year doing this required scissors haha! Be creative and even attach some acorns from outside! Anything will pop as an accessory because the paper is such a neutral tone.
If you don't want to buy into consumerism at all, then perhaps offer experiences instead of gifts or things. Memories or even photographs of these experiences could last much longer than the satisfaction of any gift.
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Katie Reitsma, RHN