Flushing Christmas
I’m certainly not a consistently eco-friendly individual. For one thing, I travel way too much. On the other hand, we don’t own a car, we don’t eat beef, pork or fowl and when we eat fish and seafood, we try to avoid eating what’s been farmed. When I shop for clothes (which I rarely do), I try to choose companies like Patagonia as they produce their apparel from recycled materials and act responsibly on an environmental and social level. For 2019, I’m going to reduce my jet-fuelled traveling as much as possible and work harder to help minimize the family’s carbon footprint.
If you’ve not been living under a rock for the past 10 years, I think we can all agree that our planet is in pretty bad shape. Regardless of whether or not it’s irreversible or, if humans even created the problems the first place, we still need to figure out how to change our ways so that we become less dependent on fossil fuels and derivatives produced from the petrochemical industry. We need to come to our senses. Full stop.
I have a suggestion…
Possibly the worst thing you can do this Christmas is to give your kids or your siblings kids or, anybody really, Christmas presents.
Friends, we need to stop this ridiculous tradition. A tradition loosely based on a 2000-year-old mythical story where three old men apparently gave presents (Frankincense, Gold, and Myrrh) to a baby dude named Jesus.
I know it’s going to be hard. After all, Christmas is one deep-rooted commercial extravaganza where we can simultaneously spoil our children with lavish gifts – and – feel a little less guilty for our own shortcomings as parents. But by refusing to participate in this crazy commerce, we’ll break the tradition and help our kids become aware of how they too can help heal the planet.
Stopping the madness of Christmas shopping will also make it so much easier to focus on the fundamental concept in that old Jesus saga; generosity through love, understanding, and thoughtfulness (not stuff).
The image above is a collage of photos taken across several years. I work on it every Christmas to remind me of how important it is to break free from some of our environmentally disastrous traditions.