Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Christmas in July
Since most of the family was together last night, gobbling up pizza over at Mom & Dad's, I took the opportunity to present an idea: How about a frugal, earth-friendly Yule this year? I got their immediate attention so went forth with my suggestions: A $20.00 limit to spend on each person, and the gift must be either handmade by the giver or used/recycled. As all of my children are earth-friendly and avid thrift store shoppers, their little eyes lit up! Really? Yes, I said. It is absolutely ridiculous that we spent thousands of dollars last year to give each other things that we either didn't need or we could buy ourselves! It's just an excuse to have something wrapped under the tree, half the time Beren and I are working off a specific list presented to us by our children, scrambling around trying to find the exact item requested. How silly is that? The girls aren't babies anymore, no need for the must-have toy of the moment! Our youngest is 13, certainly old enough to understand the environmental impact of consumerism on the earth, and our wallets!
I told my parents that they could opt out of this agreement if they'd like, but we would really enjoy having them participate. As I told Mom, I'd much rather have something handmade by her any day.
So, we'll see how this goes, we have 5 months to get our creative juices flowing and come up with the perfect non-commercial gifts for each other! I'd love to hear thoughts & suggestions from you all!