Today is the day to take down our Christmas Tree. This isn’t really up for negotiation. The tree needs to spend a few days in the garage in order to re-acclimate to outside life, before we return it to the Adopt-a-Stream Foundation. The tree was decorated in our living room for a whooping 10 days. That is the shortest time we’ve ever had a tree. But, its just about the max a live tree can handle without officially coming out of hibernation, and not being able to survive outdoors without damage.
I have to say my admittedly ugly $25 rent-a-tree, pretty much the highlight of Christmas 2011. The joy of anticipation and Conscientious Consumerism at its finest. Yesterday, I spent one last lovely evening intermittently reading my new book, and basking in the LED glow from its uneven branches.
Until, I went to get a cup of tea, and promptly had my seat stolen.
After which, I had to share in my basking.
And so the tree leaves us. I hope we have the opportunity to do this again next year.
Christmas presents a tricksy proposition for the Conscientious Consumer. It’s a great opportunity for spending quality time and memory making, for socializing, opening up your house and sharing meals. If you can avoid the inherent pitfalls of mindlessly purchasing a bunch of crap no one needs, for non-genuine reasons, from questionable sources. Those pitfalls are big, with slippery edges. Very easy to fall into.
The things I loved about our Christmas.
This is at least the 4th holiday, where The Husband has toted my Theo box off to the factory for a refill. Most of the time this box lives on my desk amongst my other lovable crap. Some time in the week or so before my Birthday or Valentines Day or Christmas, the box disappears. Sometimes I notice, some times I don’t. It always comes home filled with a seasonal selection of goodness. I am so proud of The Husband for continuing this tradition.
Big thanks to my in-laws for contributing to the improvement of our bread making, and eventually sausage and pasta too. Decidedly not local, but we have high hopes for the value it will add to home food production. Much thought was put into the addition of a new kitchen appliance prior to putting it on our wish list. Here’s hoping the functionality of this sucker, makes up for its valuable counter real estate.
Most of our own gifting was of things made by our own hands. I’ve mentioned this a time or two. For good reason, as its mostly a new concept for us. Its a huge time effort, but only serves to enhance the Holiday. I love how popular our jam was, and the comments about my crocheted cloths. My head is already a swirl with ideas for next year.
Other items in no particular order.
Handmade ornaments, regifted calendars, mysterious second hand dogs, etched zombie glass, Christmas babies, cards, cards and more cards, Origami garlands, Schmancy, and more. More of all of this.
There is always room for improvement. We need to continue to steer away from items which needlessly travel a long distance, and communicate that to our gift givers and receivers. This was our first year of actively avoiding the Big Box. We need to continue to spread that gospel. Because what ever am I going to do with a Barnes and Noble gift card?
At some point, I may go over our Christmas spending. Today is not that day. Today is still all about the basking.