|You don't have to cancel Christmas, but Green Santa advises canceling the consumption part.|
Every year North Americans celebrate Christmas through an elaborate and expensive ritual that stresses most people to the breaking point, financially as well as emotionally. Linda and I responded to the continuous ramping up of holiday expectations by de-emphasizing consumer Christmas in favour of a simple solstice celebration.
We are not religious, nor do we participate in consumerism, so we choose to miss the madness. Besides, what do you get for the person who wants nothing?
Answer - It's not stuff.
At this stage of the environmental game we have to start looking at all aspects of our lives and seek more radical solutions. A green Christmas is only a transition from an over-the-top consumer pig out to an all out buy nothing Christmas.
Besides, Canadians on average are 163% in debt. Even if consumer Christmas was a good idea, who can afford it? And even if you could afford it, can the planet?
I know - Scrooge. Oh well, Scroogley times call for Scroogley measures.
The NBA No Christmas Madness Solution
We have freed ourselves from the madness. How?
- No decorations.
- No tree.
- No cards.
- No gifts.
- No holiday away.