Here’s a green living plea that you can forward to your loved ones in support of a simpler Christmas.
Friends and family, please know that I am full of Christmas spirit. I fully embrace the season of hope and sacrifice embodied in the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Let’s show love for each other and charity for deserving causes this year.
Don’t buy me anything for Christmas: Top ten reasons
- I want your holiday to be less stressful. Don’t face the shopping madness for me. There’s no humbug in my tone, when I ask you to help me change the focus of my holiday to time to share happy experiences and to be good to each other. Let’s embrace the music, the colors, memories, and scriptural observances.
- I take no comfort in you sacrificing or going into debt for me. The average American family spends over $800 on the holiday.
- “Simple is happier,” says The Journal of Happiness Studies. Researchers Tim Kasser of Knox College and Kennon M. Sheldon of the University of Missouri-Columbia concluded this after studying the Christmas experiences of 117 individuals. They found that people who emphasized time spent with families and meaningful religious or spiritual activities had merrier Christmases. Okay, it’s a small study, but it makes sense.
- If I really need something, I buy it for myself. I’m pretty particular about finding exactly what I want.
- I have enough doo dads. Our home is full.
- Each new gift has an environmental impact that I don‘t want our Earth to bear.
- I’m no good at telling you if your gift is something that I might not use. These gifts bring stress because I don’t want to hurt your feelings. Of course this reason is directed at others─not you. I’ve always loved your gifts. Really. It’s simply time for a change.
- Spend your shopping time and money on the children, and nothing makes me happier than seeing them happy on Christmas. Giving a gift to an underprivileged child is another way to make my holiday special.
- In the spirit of Christmas, I will accept presents. But please don’t buy me stuff. A favorite gift is a certificate to spend time together. Pledge to hike, bike, or canoe with me. I’m also fond of your simple hand-crafted offerings. I don’t object to used, recycled and regifted items. Write me a letter; sing me a song; tell me a story. You know my favorite charities; a contribution in my name fills me with joy.
- Material gifts are essential to those who need them. I am blessed. I promise that I will let you know if I have a real need. In the spirit of Christmas, let’s share gifts where they would be most appreciated and do the most good. Merry Christmas.