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I love Christmas. I HATE the holidays. Why? Christmas is a sacred, mysterious, and even a wonderfully cozy time. The “Holidays” is a terrifying consumer driven shop until you drop frenzy. My life is frantic enough. I hate shopping. I don’t have a large cash flow. Of course I hate the Holidays.
I use to try to boycott the holidays. I would shut out all of the consumer bling. It didn’t work. I still wanted to buy gifts for a dear friend, my new godson. I even wanted to buy the holiday pump soap that smelled of ginger bread. It’s difficult to shut out the holiday bling machine.
I have sought out alternative consumerism to resist the bling machine. What is that? SERRV.org, local markets, used goods (try your local Salvation Army or Good Will store), Heifer Project, Unicef, and well any environmentally conscious, small, local entrepreneur.
@Grace we are offering an alternative to Holiday consumerism Nov 23rd. Celebrate Christmas with us. Ignore the holidays. Use the money you have for good to support fair trade across the global and local trade right in your backyard.
Rev. Abigail A Henrich (ehm!) is an ordained minister who earned her stripes at Princeton Theological Seminary and Colgate University. That said, Abby is really a mother-pastor-spouse who lives in a kinetic state of chaos as she moves from her many vocations: folding laundry, preaching, returning phone calls, sorting lunch boxes, answering e-mails, and occasionally thinking deep thoughts in the shower. Unabashedly she is a progressive Christian who believes some shaking up has got to happen in the church.