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Greener Friendlier Holidays

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Now you might be thinking that I’d be writing a post about all the greatest greenest presents that you could buy.

I’m not going to tell you what to buy.

Instead I want you to briefly consider where all of the holiday consumerism has come from and is going to – is it a core part of our identity as a people? Is it a tradition that our great grandparents participated in? Or is it a product of the last fifty years of innovation, production, financial wealth and marketing?

Where is it going? Is this a tradition that can be sustained through recession, depression, the collapse of spending and trading, peak oil, or transformation to alternate energy?

Consider not buying gifts and disposable wrapping paper. Consider instead cooking up a locally grown meal and sharing it with friends and family sitting around a fireplace telling stories about the year past and hopes for the year ahead.We are in the middle of something big. There are a lot of unknowns out there, the risks are high, the governments are throwing around bailouts like confetti at a wedding. Unfortunately the situation we are in is more like a funeral – one that will mourn the lifestyle that these generations have come to know as the normal everyday way of life.

Christmas is about community and family. These ideals of Christmas were here before the consumer driven culture we currently suffer through, and will be here long after it as well. Have a peaceful, restful Christmas with someone you love, give them the gift of time and love.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John  15:12-13 ESV

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.