Green up this holiday season
Making the most out of every gift.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 17:28
The Christmas season is finally upon us as icicle lights trim the tops of houses, handmade ornaments adorn beautiful evergreens bought from local stands and sugar cookies are frosted fresh and warm out of the oven. It is a wonderful time of the year where everyone stops to think about others first, giving back to their family, friends, neighbors, community and even the environment. Unfortunately, "giving back," in the form of the perfect present, whether indulgent or practical, also makes the holiday season a stressful time for many. You want to find the perfect gift that really has meaning for the receiver to truly appreciate and remember for years to come.
Last Christmas, my parents gave me the most perfect gift. It was a gift that was donated in my honor — perfect! In a capitalist economy that drives a material-driven mentality, I found the idea of putting the money toward a charitable cause I am passionate about (that would otherwise be allocated toward, say, a new sporty jacket from American Eagle) a refreshing approach to gift-giving.
My parents donated enough money in my name to conserve one acre of coral reef in Palau through the Nature Conservancy. Since my sister went to Costa Rica this year, my parents donated money to conserve one acre of tropical rain forest in Costa Rica. I think it was a unique idea that really got into the true spirit of Christmas. The point is, you should look for awesome, eco-friendly ways to green up your gift-giving this season. Your receiver will be very appreciative of your thoughtful endeavors!
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