I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that is almost Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving! Seriously, where did this year go?
Despite the fact that this year has sped by, these last two months of the year are my favorite with a capital F. I really, truly love everything about them! So I will probably be the last person jumping onto a soapbox (not much of a soapbox person in the first place) and yelling hatred towards the whole mass produced, shop-like-crazy Christmas deal because honestly, I love this season – flaws and all. I love giving gifts. Getting gifts. Finding gifts. I like how celebratory and special everything feels, even the grocery store. I love the decorations and lights and warm drinks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade and Christmas trees. Yes, the commercial overbuying aspect of Christmas gets on my nerves occasionally but there is so much more to the holidays than that. I can easily tune it all out with cookies and Michael Buble and candles and Peanuts characters getting their dance on!
My challenge this season is blending my convictions on buying ethically and fairly with my love for gift giving and all things holiday. I’ve talked before about using our excess for good and since Thanksgiving and Christmas are the epitome of excess I think this is a great place to start!
The last thing I want is for my eagerness to celebrate and give to be the thing that causes another person to stay in poverty, you know? That bugs me. Our pleasure in exchange for someone else’s struggle should never feel right.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing ways to celebrate, give and decorate without supporting the slavery and unethical labor that is behind so much of what we’ll snatch off the shelves this month. I think it’s completely possible to blend both the gift giving AND the protection of life for others around the world. What we do and what we buy matters. It’s that simple.
My question for you is this: what do you think your biggest struggle will be this season when it comes to shopping ethically and fairly? Mine will probably be the temptation to impulse buy all that super cute stuff they put out for stocking stuffers and such – the things I didn’t even want until a minute ago!