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festivity & anti-consumerism

11 November 2012

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When the advertising avalanche for the festive season starts, I clam up even more. Don’t think I’m a killjoy. Far from it – I get excited for this time of year and am not judging those who do it differently. Here’s the minimal-consumerism philosophy that works for me:

  • We admire the decorations around the city, shopfronts and in other homes but don’t buy any for ours. I use seasonal foods, fairy lights, herbs or fresh flowers to decorate.
  • I watch sweet movies that spread the message of family, fun and snow. I love watching white snowy Christmas movies on our hot summer days here!
  • I conjure up menus to cook for my loved ones and adore sharing long meals.
  • We spend time with precious people – a long walk, a meal at a restaurant, a day sitting around eating leftovers and laughing.
  • We go for walks along the water and in parks. We enjoy the sound of people laughing and the smell of food from their picnics and BBQs.
  • The notion of giving doesn’t have to disappear completely. I try different ways each year. This year I plan to put homemade foodie goodies in reusable glass jars and add my own gift tags.
  • If I feel the need to buy a gift it will be from one of the locally owned stores that I support. I like to avoid the crowds in the big shops!
  • I might use my cards to send love notes to some far away favourites. Taking the time to pen words is a great conscious act of adoration.
  • I take photos of all the beautiful moments and people who light up my life.
  • I feel immense gratitude for all that I have and remember others who aren’t so lucky.

See my non-consumerist Christmas post last year.

8 Responses
  1. November 11, 2012

    I agree with all of this Lucent, I am cringing already at the tinsel and general craziness of Christmas. I love Christmas too and with children naturally we celebrate the occasion…but I am determined to buy just a few thoughtful gifts, enjoy some good food and avoid the stress and strain that the consumerism seems to bring!

  2. November 11, 2012

    I am with you on anti-consumerism.

    It probably also stems from the fact that my husband and I do not deliberately “celebrate” festivities, i.e. decorate, buy presents, etc. The commercial aspect behind festivities is jarring.

  3. November 12, 2012

    I would love your minimalist Christmas too. I hate the commercialisation of Christmas too. Over the last few years we have gone out to the woods to gather greenery to decorate and created some of the decorations. We also like visit the neighbouring small towns rather than the big towns and stores.
    Sarah x

  4. November 12, 2012

    Love your minimalist Christmas. This year I would like to make my own gifts too.

  5. November 14, 2012

    The whole concept of commercialism is so foreign to me. Christmas was so different when I was growing up in Asia. We went to parties, visited friends and family , stayed up all night with my aunts to bake, went Christmas caroling. When we moved to NZ, I was blown away at the craziness in the malls. How everyone was asking everyone else whether they’d done their Christmas shopping. NO idea what they meant until a few years later.

    We only give gifts to kids in our family as well as close friends’. Nothing too extravagant. My daughter looks forward to walking around in town admiring the Christmas lights, ice skating by the humongous cathedral, and playing with her cousin on Christmas morning. I think Christmas is always rather magical in our little medieval town anyway :)

  6. November 19, 2012

    this is such a lovely way to celebrate Christmas… I think it’s a time to spend with family, appreciating each other, the year that’s passed and looking forward a little to the upcoming year.

    I have to admit, I love seeing Christmas coming in NYC. The decorations are about to explode after the upcoming thanksgiving weekend… the Christmas markets are starting and there will be (real!) trees for sale on every corner…

  7. November 21, 2012

    A lovely, refreshing take on the festive season and what’s actually important. It’s so easy to get caught up, even unintentionally, with the advertising and ‘shoulds’ at this time of year! I agree very much that it’s so much more restful and meaningful to stop and savour what you truly value. x

  8. December 21, 2012

    I love this!

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