Here goes….I’m going to out myself as the GRINCH!! Yes, I am a grinch when it comes to the ever increasing commercialization….the corporate robbery….of Christmas.
Even as a child, the whole thing seemed rather disingenuous and my mindset grows ever more determined to back out of all the folderol completely. I have been berated, shunned and, I’m sure, talked about behind my back as well. I’m anti-social, an atheist and a whole host of other names in the mind of people who don’t get my mindset. I was even told once that I was psychologically scarring my children by not going with the crowd.
I don’t care what people say. We’ve been sold another package of goods with respect to celebrating Christmas and for the same reasons that has made our food system about everything but food. It’s just another sham to suck the money out of your pocket!!
It’s so hard to resist, the guilt and shaming around gift giving is way off the top and you have to have a hard, hard shell not to cave. I saw this link come across my newsfeed recently and it underscores even more, why we need to rethink this holiday. Santa’s Real Workshop: The town in China that makes the world’s Christmas decorations.
You don’t have to give up celebrating Christmas….but like everything else on this EOM journey, I think you are compelled to question the impact of your choices. You vote with your dollars in a conscientious way with respect to your food purchases and I think the same level of care is required when you shop for anything else. Know how your purchasing decisions ripple out into the world and let that dictate where your money goes.
Christmas for me is about the 3 F’s….family, good food and fun!! I hope all of you wonderful EOM’ers have a season blessed with the 3F’s!!!