Mark and I attended a Transition Town meeting the other week. The topic was '' A sustainable Christmas-- Is it possible?'' Tricia from Little Eco Footprints started the evening off with some ideas and then we all put our heads together to come up with some more. It seems that many people are concerned by the waste, over consumption and lack of meaning around Christmas, so very animated discussions developed.
We started with what we liked about Christmas.......Seasonal pause
Gathering with family and friends
Then, what we didn't like..... Waste
Followed by some solutions.... Solar powered Christmas lights
Simple, seasonal, local food , and dish out only as much as can be eaten.
Cut down on pre Christmas activities and shopping
Give experiences for gifts (like a Purple Pear gift certificate for a gift of knowledge)
Home made gifts
Gifts from local businesses
Volunteering for the charity Christmas breakfast
And so much more. One thing I did come away with was a reminder to source gifts from our local LETS group.So I went online and did just that. I looked at all the offerings and items for sale and came across this....
In the mean time I am busy making some gifts. I hope to spend tomorrow finishing them off, and maybe get the tree decorated.
How are your preparations going? Are you able to keep them simple?