Happy December! We can all officially get excited for Christmas now! Funny how we get excited for Christmas so early these days; I can remember when the Christmas madness didn’t start until around the 15th of December, now it starts right after Halloween!
This has a lot to do with the commercialization of Christmas. I’m not trying to be critical, but I do feel sometimes like it takes the magic out of the season a little bit. So this year I have decided to be a little more mindful about where my money is going and where the gifts I am giving are coming from.
Buy gifts that are ethically made. You all know the deal about labour exploitation in third world countries (if you do not, please go do some research or leave us a comment and we can write an article dedicated to that!). This mode of production allows companies to sell their products to us for really cheap. Unfortunately, this means that we save money at another person’s expense, and I don’t feel good about that.
The solution? Look into shopping from brands that are made locally, or in Canada or other developed countries (exploitation can still occur in these countries, but it is less probable) or that have ethical production in their mandate.
I encourage you to be wary when ordering from companies that claim to support broad initiatives, such as saving animals or building schools in under-developed countries. Some are scams. A tip is to email or phone the company and ask for a full breakdown on how money is distributed to each cause.
Give your time. Instead of buying a physical present, invite your friend or family member to volunteer with you. This could mean serving soup to the homeless, sorting donations at a clothing or food bank, or playing with puppies at the shelter. You get to help out in your community and spend meaningful time with your loved one.
Let us know what you think of these ideas or if you have any other ideas for a mindful Christmas! We love hearing from you!
Also, congratulations to Kennedy Fowlow for winning our FiggyDuff-Dory giveaway!