It is no secret that I am not a fan of commercialism and marketing, especially marketing geared towards children. As the holidays, and I mean ALL holidays, begin showing up in stores months and months in advance, I become increasingly disgusted. I saw Christmas items out in early October this year. Halloween items in August. Valentines as soon as Christmas is over. It's overwhelming, and in my opinion, completely unnecessary.
So what am I doing about it?
This year, I am carefully crafting a letter to my family asking that in lieu of gifts for me, Kevin and The Boy, they donate the funds they would have spent to charity.*** Each of us is picking one or two. Well, I will pick for The Boy, but he will pick when he gets older. We are still deciding which to will be picked for this year.
Every year, on average, Americans spend $450 BILLION on Christmas. Less than 10% of that could bring clean water to everyone in the world.
Instead of "things" I don't need, I think of how much good that money can do. I am one person. We are one family. But you are one too, and together, we can make a difference! We are joining the Advent Conspiracy. Giving less stuff and more of us. Won't you join us?
***If you are family and reading this, consider yourself ahead of the game. I will also be respectfully asking if you truly desire a gift or need something specific, and if not, I will do the same-- donate the money to the charity of your choice. I have something small picked out for each of you, but you know where I'm going.