We're in a state of “pathological consumption,” George Monbiot explains, “a world-consuming epidemic of collective madness, rendered so normal by advertising and the media that we scarcely notice what has happened to us.”
The call to consume less – where it is heard – is denounced as pedantic, naive, authoritarian, even insane.
Decide for yourself where the insanity lies.
You can celebrate Christmas without shopping in the crowds, cleaning house like mad, and getting stressed out.
Our Christmas preparations follow one rule: Do what you feel like is fun.
We don't have many Christmas traditions yet as a family. Baking gingerbread cookies is one. Going to cut down our own little tree is another (since last Christmas, as that was the first time we had a tree). We have a shoebox full of decorations for the tree, and we also made gingerbread cookies with holes for hanging.
We have a couple of bundles of small lights, that were supposed to go outside but never made it there. They really are just bundled up in piles and I think they look so pretty.
I have not bought one single material gift so far. All adults get a charity donation, my nieces get tickets to Helsinki International Horse Show, where they have never been before. I will give Indiana this box of beads I found in my mom's stuff. I have a hard time thinking about what else I might get her, since she doesn't want anything and she has enough clothes and she likes to wear the same thing all the time anyway. Maybe I will get more craft materials.
I really only need to get a couple of gifts for the other children in our life.
We will enjoy each other's company, do fun things, visit family, take it easy.
Running around like a headless chicken in the shopping center and wearing yourself out cooking and cleaning and decorating your home according to latest trends sounds like insanity to me.
Christmas is not supposed to be another chore, something to get done, get through, and have a bunch of junk to show for it.