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DECEMBER 18, 2008

A man holding a sign that says "Spend Less, Give More" Dex

Posted by: Dex
7:24am

Ugh, mom and Hoyt are dragging me on a mammoth holiday shopping trip this weekend! What a waste of a perfectly good Saturday.

Mrs. G.

Posted by: Mrs. G.
7:26am

How about telling them you can't shop because you have to save the planet!

Dex

Posted by: Dex
7:28am

Awesome! But how do I do that?

Mrs. G.

Posted by: Mrs. G.
7:31am

You take a stand against rampant consumerism by not buying anything for the holidays this year! We will only be consuming good cheer at my house. And organic eggnog.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
7:35am

Rampant what? Er, buy nothing .... No presents under the tree? No stocking stuffers? No fruitcake? Well, I could get behind the no fruitcake part...

Izz's Dad

Posted by: Dad
7:39am

That sure is a green way of celebrating, Mrs. G., but I don't think buying nothing is for everyone. Getting and giving presents can be a lot of fun. And I've really come to depend on the tube socks Izz buys me every year.

Mrs. G.

Posted by: Mrs. G.
7:43am

Well, gifts of time are thoughtful and completely green. You could, oh, I don't know, give your favorite neighbor a night of free babysitting. And you could talk with your family about exchanging fewermaterial things this year. Not only will you save money, but you will also reduce your consumption of all the un-green stuff that goes along with gifts, like the plastic packaging that toys and games come in. And you can save trees by recycling wrapping paper!

Izz's Dad

Posted by: Dad
7:47am

It sounds like you can save all sorts of things just by changing a few holiday buying habits.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
7:52am

Including my Saturday afternoon!

What are you doing to celebrate the holidays besides buying or receiving store-bought gifts? Tell us about it!