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The Holiday Season

It is that time of year. Today we put up our Christmas tree, along with the now venerated (and showing their age) decorations on the outside of the house. And we'll be hosting the festivities this year, rather than traveling. That means less worry about airports and connections, more worries about food, drink, and the like.


But our younger daughter sent out a note a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I'd share it with you. It's a good idea, and we've embraced it. mainly, as a way of going forward. She's in a Master's program on sustainbility at all levels, which prompted this email:


But our younger daughter sent out a note a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I'd share it with you. It's a good idea, and we've embraced it. mainly, as a way of going forward. She's in a Master's program on sustainbility at all levels, which prompted this email:



"As you know, I am studying degrowth, and have become very deeply aware of all the resources and materials that need to be mined and extracted, at high environmental and human cost, to create all the things we use every day--many of which we can do without. As a result, I am struggling a bit to think of things that I would ask for (or give) for Christmas this year!

I would love to get you all things you actually really want and/or need, so welcome any lists you can put together so I can get/make you things you really want! I would also suggest that I personally am very open to used/secondhand things, rather than brand new versions, as well as versions of things using recycled/renewable/ethically produced (ie people paid a living wage).

I would be happy to receive more modest gifts this year, and perhaps some of you would too, and instead focus more on doing things together (cooking, eating, museums/parks, maybe spa time?)."


All in favor, say aye!



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