I have come to the conclusion that I am out of lockstep with the rest of the ecoblogging world.
You see, I LOVE Christmas. It's my parent's fault, I suppose. Even with mailman/schoolmarm incomes, they made each and every one of my childhood Christmas's ... well ... magic. The magic was the whole experience, not just the gifts, but no apologies ... giving and getting is fun.
When I grew up, I made sure that my kids had lots of magic, not just at Christmas, but ESPECIALLY at Christmas.
That involves Christmas shopping and the joy of finding special gifts (yes, material things! oh the horror!) for my knuckleheads et al.
Here's what that makes me, according to various blogs and commenters on almost every eco-oriented blog ... "a stupid lemming, sick materialistic idiot, a corporate advertising pawn, stupid, a programmed purchaser of soon to be landfill material, .... blah, blah, blah..."
I wish I had gone shopping on "Black Friday", but I was too lazy. There's some great deals and lots of those parents were up early because the discounts are so dramatic that it might make the difference in satisfying a kid's wish or not.
It did make a difference last year on an item that would have been out of $$ reach if my wife hadn't gone out there at 5:00 am for a half price sale. Hardly a day goes by when that gift is not enjoyed by my kids. Is she a greedy lemming? Nah, more like a dedicated mother.
I'm not defending shopping slobs or rudeness, but those folks you saw slapping each other over TV's and video consoles on the news are rude year round, trust me.
I've just been astounded by the vitriol and scroogey superiority in the commentary on so many eco blogs. It was like a mantra, over and over again.
Eventually, after so much of it, I felt my head might explode and I always hate it when that happens, so here I am baring my out of step, lemming like, stupid, materialistic, landfill-filling soul.
I LOVE CHRISTMAS. (madness!)
I LOVE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. (corporate sap!)
I LOVE WATCHING SOMEONE OPEN A GIFT I PICKED OUT FOR THEM, HELL, TWENTY GIFTS I PICKED OUT FOR THEM! (see, that's the materialistic part)
I LOVE CHRISTMAS TREES ... REAL ONES. ( this could be the lemming part ... I'm not sure)
I LOVE WRAPPING PAPER ALL OVER THE FLOOR ON CHRISTMAS MORNING ( that's probably the landfill filling part)
I LOVE THE LITTLE TRADITIONS ... STOCKINGS ARE OPENED FIRST, YOU MUST EAT BREAKFAST BEFORE ANY PACKAGES ARE OPENED, NO PEEKING ... ALL DESIGNED FOR MAXIMUM ANTICIPATION FACTOR. (is this sick or stupid ? ... it's all so confusing)
So there it is, no secrets, no PC.
It's just Christmas folks ... lighten up.
And don't forget to get your wish list to me, I don't have a clue as to what you want and there's only 26 shopping days left!