Monday, December 15, 2008
Baled balsam fir trees-December 2008
Christmas stresses me right out. Traffic is heavy, grocery lines are long, annoying music gets overplayed and people, myself included, are driven insane by the blatant commercial bullshit. When our first child was born, as non-christians, we decided that we were not going to 'do' Christmas. In a multicultural mecca like Vancouver, this was not so odd. When we moved back to our extremely religious, (Where if you're not a roman catholic you're usually at least a christian.), east coast home town, people here thought we were insane to deprive our darling child of such a wonderful holiday. We decorated a tree and exchanged gifts, but we didn't lie about any of them being from some stranger in a red suit or go to church... We try to be as honest as possible with our children.
Last year instead of buying the regular obligatory family gifts, we bought chickens, goats and household emergency kits for people who really need them, from oxfam unwrapped. You get a card with a picture and description of the gift on it to symbolize the gift, while the things and money will go to people who really need it.
This year we will give some of our home raised chickens, crafts, artwork and photos. Stuff will get bought for the children, and I put a deposit on an acoustic guitar for myself, but we have enough decorations so we don't feel the need to buy any and we raised our own free-range turkeys this year, (which would be worth it for the taste even if it wasn't a big money saver). When we lived out west, we'd have a pot-luck on winter solstice. I miss that. Next year, I hope to be organized enough to have a real Buy Nothing Christmas. There are so many great ways, and plenty of good reasons to simplify the holidays. What do you do to keep it simple during the holidays? Do you celebrate at all?
And now for a word from Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping...
And The Stop Shopping Choir!
Posted by Renee at 8:49 PM