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What Dr Suess and Annie Leonard Might Think About Cyber Monday

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There is much to learn from Theodor Geisel (aka Dr Seuss) who penned The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  His story of joy found in giving and receiving and the way it bonds us creating memories and traditions to savor is compelling.

However, Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff provides us with a grim counterpoint to that sugar coated version of unchecked consumption. She makes us think twice before filling our shopping carts with “stuff” we really don’t need or want in order to fulfill an “obligation”  or “tradition” to exchange holiday gifts.  

Somewhere in between the two is where we find balance in sharing the joy of giving and being good stewards of the planet as well.  We like to think of it as “consumable consumerism”.  Gifts that are part of our holiday celebration and traditions that do not place excess pressure on dwindling resources, provide joy to the recipient, and have a net benefit because they don’t end up in the landfill and we need them for our health and welfare.

So think food, beverages, candles, seeds, compost, shares in a CSA, edible art, and natural fiber clothing. Add to that list gifts that require little or reusable packaging.  

Cheers and spread some joy!