I love Christmas.
It means the family are together again.
There’ll be love, warmth, cameraderie, jokes, fun, probably a few irritations and a little bit of power struggling in the kitchen no doubt! Soon resolved as the tensions of being together again after living independent lives slip away and bonds refresh and regroup.
But I also can’t help cringing every year at the prospect of the burden the earth has to bear as a consequence of our festivities.
When I start a bit of shopping – and compared to most it is only a bit, I get immensely anxious at the quantities of packaging, plastic, lights and useless tat I see in vulgar quantities for people to buy, and the equally vulgar attitudes with which people disregard the consequence of doing so.
I don’t want to be a humbug here. I also like to wrap, decorate and buy. But each year the consumerism seems more over-the-top than the year before and I have a very real sense of the earth groaning under the strain of it.
So this is a plea. Can you think about that and practise moderation as you buy trimmings and wrappings and disposables?
Please, please, please create Christmas traditions in your family that incorporate habits which consider the earth as much as the people on it.
Make love of the earth an important part of your Christmas preperations!