Greetings to all on this cold November’s Saturday evening! I can tell you there is quite a nip in the air today and we just put the antifreeze into the car’s windscreen-wash. I wanted to tell you about a wonderful campaign that Cheapchick has started, called the Campaign for “No More Christmas Crap” which I’m going to take part in.
You can read all about it at the above link – the gist of it being that you:
- Only spend money on gifts and food for christmas. Making gifts also falls into this category.
- Christmas Decorations must be free or secondhand
- After Christmas, recycle all wrapping paper, bows and ribbons etc.
- Christmas functions are allowed
- No new clothes for christmas parties – wear it again/borrow something etc.
You get one “get out of jail free card” out of the above guidelines, and can spend to the value of $15 Canadian dollars which is about €11. I hope I have understood that correctly!
I think it sounds like a great challenge because Christmas has just become so commercial and just so unenvironmentally-friendly. There is so much waste with wrapping paper, and I have come up with a (not very frugal, but definitely more environmentally friendly) solution to mounds of paper-waste which I will share when I’m finished ;)
I often see the big ships coming into the Harbour in Hamburg from Asia and South America and thinking about how far all this “stuff” comes to hang on our walls for a few weeks, or worse to get tossed away.
Not to go all religious, but seeing all the dressed windows in the city makes me wonder how Jesus being born in a stable, translates into all this “stuff”. I was also saddened during the week, seeing homeless people sleeping outside the large department stores. I wonder how the homeless with no family feel about looking at all of these fancy windows with smiling families.
I’m only going to buy presents that I know the person needs, give money, or a fair-trade gift if I don’t know what to get them.