Thanksgiving Tradition Rethink, Don’t You Think?

November 27th, 2013 2 Comments Tags: , , , ,

Ah yes, American Thanksgiving is almost upon us. It’s a perfect marathon combination of football, family meals and shop-til-you-drop all rolled in to one. I don’t know about you but Chris Berman and his iteration of “All-The-Way” needs to put a sock in it by Sunday, don’t you think??

I must say that I love festive family traditions, but some aspects of it might be ready for a rethink, don’t you think? I get a little bit crazy with all the black Friday craze. I feel rundown by the end of most weeks, who needs to get mowed over to save a buck, literally.

Ya I’m a material girl a heart, but I don’t think I need to join the Pamplona, the running of the bulls to keep up with stories at the water cooler that’ll be shared next week. With Christmas around the corner, now would be a perfect time to pause and think about gift giving from a different perspective. Here are some ideas:

  • Are you a crafter?? You might want to consider giving something you’ve made to people on your list – jams, jellies, hot peppers, truffles, cookies, Apple computer notecards
  • Time is our most precious resource – how about making a special occasion with someone you love wrapped up like a gift certificate to be used by a certain date together?
  • Consider enlarging that special photo of a loved one and framing it? “Memories, do da do do do da doooo”
  • How about recycling with a twist – giving a treasure of yours that you no longer use to that special someone who would? Try this every season, but not as a gift though……
  • Then there’s a donation to your favourite charity – food bank, hostel for single moms, Kiva? There are many who are so worthwhile and would benefit tremendously.

Before you head out to shop-til-you-drop I encourage you to sit down and think about the post Christmas pandemonium from years gone by. Do you get a sick feeling in your stomach because of what you spent with all of the excess? What was actually used and appreciated? Was all of this really needed? I’m not  saying don’t give gifts, but I am saying to give with thought, heart and sensibility and focus on what’s important.

Before you go All-the-Way and load your Santa sleigh, give the shopping part of your tradition a rethink….

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2 Responses to “Thanksgiving Tradition Rethink, Don’t You Think?”

  1. Diane Fisk says:

    Here here! The consumerism here is stunning. Sane people stay home on Friday.

  2. admin says:

    How novel Diane, you trailblazer? Enjoy your fam-time to the max! All the best xoxo

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