“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
~ Mother Teresa
It’s Christmas time for many: for some, a time for celebration and renovation of faith and for others, a celebration of Winter Solstice or Yule; even for others, a time to be with family and friends and for even more, a burden that involves crazy spending and scrambling for gifts and endless decoration.
Then January is a time for regrets: of eating and drinking too much, of big bills that need to be paid, of huge amounts of packaging going to landfills and even unwanted or cheaply made gifts that end up in the trash.
Here is my small contribution to you: a list of alternatives, choose what works for your pocket, for the Earth and your community, but most importantly, for your soul:
In the spirit of giving, I share here some free or inexpensive resources and services you or your loved ones may appreciate:
The Center for a New American Dream has excellent (free downloadable) booklets you can check for ideas on how to simplify the holidays with kids, seniors, pets, etc.: https://www.newdream.org/programs/beyond-consumerism/simplify-holidays/
For permies* all over the world and those sitting on the fence and curious about permaculture and how to co-create a better world, free eBooks: http://www.green-shopping.co.uk/ebooks/free-ebooks.html
Teaching (for permaculture teachers but the guidelines apply to any teacher who wants to be more inclusive and use non-violent communication and approaches: http://www.bluemountainspermacultureinstitute.com.au/resources/permaculture-teaching-matters/
Free tools for permaculture design or decoration: http://gaiacraft.com/free-tools/
Note: consider donating or buying something to those who share their skills and creations for free or make this world more beautiful and livable with their work.
Other Earth friendly gifts:
Earth to dinner table conversations and toolkit for discussing climate change: https://www.earthtodinner.org/
Climate friendly meals these holidays (and onwards): http://realfoodmedia.org/climate-meals/
Social Permaculture – Inner Permaculture: take a free non-violent communication course: http://nvctraining.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=859&Itemid=1390
A gift to yourself or to someone you trust: “Design Your Life” consultation (first consultation is free, subsequent as arranged, please find payment policy in my Ethical Pathways website: https://ethicalpathways.com/
Appointments for the above sessions can be delivered in person for people living within Lower Mainland (BC), via email, Skype or phone (for anyone else in the world). Sessions are available in English and/or Spanish. You can also give the gift of an online session with free follow ups through my “store” at Etsy: Ethical Pathways Life Coaching Promotion
Do you have fun and Earth and people-friendly ways to spend these or other holidays?
Do you have other ideas for gifts?
Please share them here in the comments section!
PDC: Permaculture Design Certificate
EDAP: Energy Descent Action Plans
Permies: people who practice permaculture
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