Well, my favorite little "tree hugger" sent me an e-mail yesterday and told me to watch the video on the website he sent. He said it was really eye-opening. When I got home from work, I went to the website and when the video started to play, I noticed that it was 20 minutes long!! Yikes, I didn't have 20 minutes to watch a video. I had work to do.....but this was my precious little boy asking his mom to watch something that was important to him...so of course, I watched. I am SO glad I did!
When he called later that night, we immediately started discussing the video. It was then that he informed me that he wants no gifts for Christmas this year. Okay, that didn't surprise me at all. He has made that request before, but I've never complied. This year, after watching "the video" I just might. In fact, I might be joining him in his effort.
The website is http://www.storyofstuff.com/. Feel free to check it out. The website and video talk about what we can do to make a difference in the world in regards to what we buy and how we dispose of things. In fact, it tells you where the materials for the things we buy come from, how they are turned into the things that we buy, how we buy things, how long the things we buy last and what happens when we dispose of things. Do you see the pattern here? Things....lots and lots of things. I don't want to make this so much about the video, you can watch it and draw your own conclusions. A lot of it I already knew, but the delivery of the info was what kept my attention.
Now, don't get me wrong...I love Christmas. I love it a lot. I love giving gifts. Heck, I love getting gifts...but every year after the hoopla is over Christmas morning, I always feel a bit guilty and almost sorry that we "went all out" once again. Maybe it's because we always end up using plastic for some of the gifts we buy or maybe it's just the letdown after all of the excitement of preparing for the big day. Maybe you can relate....maybe not. I don't remember if I ever felt that way when our kids were little....I don't think so....back then the excitement lasted long after Christmas morning....it usually lasted until the new toys were either no longer the latest and greatest or they were broken!
Our kids are adults. We open our gifts like adults, the gifts get packed into their cars and by that evening the only sign that there were gifts opened is the dog chewing lovingly on a new toy! So, anyway....this year I think I will talk to the rest of the family and see what they would think about not buying gifts for one another, and maybe doing something with that money that would have meaning long after Christmas morning. I'm not sure what that might be, but the possibilities are endless.
I'm thinking that this year really could be a different kind of Christmas at our house.