Wednesday, November 24, 2010

how true... update with a song and don't forget we have "been there done that"

+++ UPDATE: Sorry to spoil the Thanksgiving happiness all around... That is not my perogative... Our daughter said this song must go with the post and I was surprised she thought of the idea! No worries, no scroges here, just not "buyin into it" and yes the punn was intended. We have already been down this road but am happy to report it is becoming a distant memory. SO here is to giving and being more of a conscientious consumer this year... And to making some wonderful or repurposed handmade gifts... I just stated last week on FB, "Continuing our pledge to be a conscientious consumer this year... Homemade, handmade or gently "repurposed" from the farm..."

This photos is soooo appropriate, is it not?

I bet the "holidays" would be less stressful if we could lay all of our spending traditions down. What do you think?

20 comments:

Renee said...

You Go Girl!!! People need to hear this and I LOVE it! I felt such peace visiting your farm, and came home longing for more of it here at our home. I have enjoyed the information on you skin care routines and such. That stuff can make a huge difference in your budget and health too, to some degree. There is a different way that what the world promises and in todays world it can be so easy to forget this in the world today. I know that this would probably be a "way too personal" post, and I know that your family does home worship to some degree, but if you do attend a church, do you find struggles with the choices you have made and the people within the church? Keep up the posts, they are a blessing for so many of us!

Treasures Evermore said...

This is an awesome post...and I am totally with you. We are laying down our "Christmas stuff" this year. With adopting our daughter from the US (who should be here this week):-), and buying an acreage...there is no money left. And the funny thing is that the children didn't even care. I was so very grateful to God for giving them hearts for adoption more than stuff. I know that God has been working on ALL their hearts so that we understand what the real meaning of Christmas is...and how God loves the orphan.

Please keep up with the awesome posts...they are blessing and encouraging me more than you will ever know.

PS...the cheque is in the mail. Wanted to get it out on Saturday but didn't get into town until Monday...it should arrive soon.

Blessings.

Happy Days said...

I was talking with Bob the other day about Christmas. Told him we have helped the kids out a lot this year, and that we weren't going to have a lot of gifts. He agreed. So under our tree, it will not have as much as last year, and we cut back then too. I like giving all year when needed. To us, that's a lot better...debbie

Joannah said...

I am in complete agreement.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I couldn't agree more! :)

A Country Helpmeet said...

Oh Amen! It is so sad when one is pressured to "buy" or they are assumed to "not" love!

Sonja said...

My sister and I attempted this conversation with our family on Saturday. Needless to say, we didn't change any minds. Buying still equals love. We will at least do what we can in our immediate families to make a change.

Nancy said...

Sounds like a great idea.

Mumsie said...

So timely ~ and much needed! Have laid *them* down....and by the grace of God won't be picking *them* up again anytime soon..as in NEVER! ;o)

Marmee's Pantry said...

THAT was AWESOME!!! We've given homemade/handmade gifts for the last few years. Unfortunately, some of my dearest family members don't exactly 'appreciate' it. :-/ Even worse, the one who always seems most disappointed is my mom. :-( Some things just can't be helped...or afforded.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Mumsie said...

@ Marmee's Pantry ~ So true. We don't want to hurt feelings or disappoint, but it is what it is, at least for us. Our grown kids were brought up with homemade/handmade gifting..but now find it so hard not to overdo/overspend/overindulge on Christmas...and expect it to be reciprocated. I must say I have dreaded this aspect of Christmas for a number of years. But from this season forward..*guilt free giving* is what's happening at the cottage. :o)

Julie said...

We too are making an effort at some homemade gift giving this year. Yesterday I did have to go and get a few things for my parents...walking around and around and around...they have everything. We are truly blessed in this country...when you start looking at needs vs. wants it is really hard for me to splurge on something that isn't so important or will be not used in a few weeks.

pilgrimscottage said...

True. We've been duped into thinking we must spend, spend, spend to keep everything going. I don't believe that. People back in the "old days" made do with what was in nature, around the home, farm, what they could go, etc...
We've been duped. Having something given to me handmade with love means more than the most expensive gifts money could buy.

Marmee's Pantry said...

I often think of one of the "Little House" books where the girls' CHRISTmas gifts were something like a tin cup, candy & a penny. A PENNY! And they were thrilled & in awe.

I could hardly read that to my girls, at the time, w/o getting weepy.

Blessings, once again, from Ohio...Kim<><

Deb said...

I don't do "christmas" anymore. we just have a good meal and spend quality time with each other, people are broke this year, and christmas to me is pagan...

Kim said...

Jesus is the reason.

Blessings said...

Love This Post! Thank You! We have been doing handmade/homemade Christmas for a few years now and the Grands Love It!
This year we're doing food...period, whatever you can make to share...period!Bring your best or whatever you can from your pantry.
~~HUGS~~

Laurie said...

Love this post! I used to make homemade gifts for my husbands family and they finally said no more. Because they feel I don't spend any money of them! OMG! Just closed minds! So needless to say, they get nothing!

My Mom and two sisters get all the goodies!

May everyones holiday season bring lot of wonderful blessings!

KXJ said...

About ten years ago we started supporting Hannah's education in Ethiopia (a 3rd grader at that time) in my dad's name for Christmas. For only $150 a year you can pay for a whole year of school/books/uniform/school lunches. (Schools cost money to go to in many African countries and girls often are the last to be educated.)

For mother's day last year we gave a hive of bees to a family to start their own food enterprise to my mother-in-law. (Through Heifer Project Intl) For Christmas to our parents this year we're collecting all of our excess clothes (bags and bags I'm embarrassed to say) and paying the excess baggage fees to bring them to Africa for the hundreds of thousands of AIDS orphans and/or child-headed households (they can wear or sell). Our parents, who have everything they could ever want, are really delighted with the photos "showing" the impact of their gifts.

KXJ

Mrs. Mac said...

We drew names from a hat this year and will just buy for one person.

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