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Holiday Gift Giving

November 17, 2009

We are approaching that time of year again…Christmas lights are starting to go up (don’t even get me started on this…umm, it’s not even Thanksgiving), stores everywhere are stocked to the hilt with decorations, gifts and cards, and everyone seems to be that much busier with parties, pageants, and family get togethers.

I love this time of year, from Thanksgiving to New Years. I love being able to see my family more and the rich traditions that are brought with the holiday season. However, I become more and more disgusted each year with the over-commercialization of it all.

Our family is going back to the basics of Christmas. We are vowing not to go into debt from anything Christmas related and not to forget what the season is really about:love. We’ve been moving that way for a while, but feel moved this year especially to not go over the top. We will still get a tree and put up lights (although I have a strict rule that this cannot be done until at least December 1). As for the gift giving, Kyle and I are only allowed to spend a designated small amount of money on each other and Evangeline. Both of our extended families draw names so that we are only buying and receiving one gift. This really helps cut down on the spending.

I recently stumbled across a website called Buy Nothing Christmas. Check it out…I think they are onto something. While I might still buy a few things this season (hopefully all handmade, re-purposed, alternative or green gifts), I do want to adopt some of this organization’s views about why we celebrate Christmas and what Christmas giving is.


What are your ideas for Christmas to help you remember what it’s all about? How do you avoid going overboard?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2009 5:29 am

    FARM-Africa is a registered charity with a small office in the UK, a regional office in Nairobi and a country office in Addis Ababa. Over 90% of our staff are African, many of whom work directly with communities in eastern Africa.
    We were founded in 1985 to help poor farmers and herders in Africa produce more food, keep their livestock healthy, make a basic living and manage their natural resources in a sustainable way.
    FARM-Africa has proven that, with the right training and support, poor rural communities can identify and implement appropriate solutions to many of the key problems they face. Families are directly supported to help work themselves out of poverty through improved ways to manage their crops, livestock, forests and access to water.

    FARM-Africa’s charity gifts are perfect if you are looking for a Christmas gift with a difference. There’s everything from e-cards to personalised movies and beehives to banana beer! What’s more – when you buy a gift or e-card your donation will be helping to provide the poorest farmers in Africa with sustainable solutions to poverty. So whether you buy one of four collectable FARM FRIENDS, send an e-card or personalise a movie, you can be sure that you are sending gifts with a difference this Christmas.

  2. November 20, 2009 7:39 am

    I’m getting some “green” gifts for people in my life this year. I really hope they go over well! I’ve made homemade dishwashing detergent for many of the people on my list and I’ve bought them cloths to serve as reusable paper towels. We’ll see how it turns out!

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