The New Christmas Spirit

I know what you're thinking. Christmas? Now? Yes.

That's because Christmas 2009 will be different. And it's an excellent time to give pause to the origin of the gifts we give and receive and the ethics of the companies that make them.

To that end, my family is doing Christmas different this year. We're giving one another gifts that are second hand or handmade by us or someone else.

This is why I'm bringing up Christmas now. Because I'm going to need lots of time to make these gifts. And, if you like this idea, you'll have plenty of time to learn something new or perfect your craft.

Some of the advantages to this gift-giving approach are that it:
  • Saves money.
  • Supports independent artists and designers.
  • Is clever and creative.
  • Doesn't contribute to mass production, which means less waste.
  • Offers a truly one-of-a-kind gift.
  • Is more personal.
If you aren't ready to make a full commitment to this yet, I understand. You can always start small with stocking stuffers. Any effort is a step in the right direction.

A word of caution, don't procrastinate. You'll need time to unleash your inner craftress or find the perfect hand-made gift.

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