The Holidays + ConsumerismNov 14, 2021
Ahh the holidays -- my favorite time of year. Time to reflect on the lessons from the year, time to gather with loved ones near and far, time to share your favorite dishes, time to decorate, time to shower our favorite people with gifts. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn't it?
So how in the world could this be a bad thing?
It's quite simple, consumerism.
At this time of year, it is quite common for people to feel guilty or depressed if their finances aren't exactly where they'd hoped they would be. It's often a time that people end up comparing themselves to their wealthier (or seemingly wealthier) family members, wishing that they could provide just as much as others can.
So today, I want to remind you of something really important: the holidays shouldn't be about comparison. They holidays shouldn't be about not feeling like you are enough because my sweet, sweet friend, you have ALWAYS been enough.
I love buying gifts, but I would be lying to you if I didn't say some years I find myself more pressed for having the funds to afford the gifts I would like to give.
That said, I'd like to share a little secret with you. I have never disliked a gift based on the item's cost value. The cost value has never equated to the actual value -- the meaning behind the gift, the person giving the gift, the trouble they went through to get the gift, the money they earned to buy the gift. That value has always been the only value that matters.
So as the media ramps up the commercials about someone falling in love because they were given a certain gift, I want to be sure that you know not get so caught up in the stress that society puts on to buy over-the-top gifts but rather to get caught up in the idea of what giving a gift really means: spreading love.
As we get further into the holiday season, I'll share with you some gifts that won't break the bank, some gifts that are sustainably sourced, and some eco-friendly ways to wrap your gifts.
Remember: this post isn't to say "don't give gifts", it's to say "don't give gifts because a commercial tells you to".
Cheers, friend...to a holiday season that comes from the heart.
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