Friday, November 07, 2008

Christmas is Not Your Birthday

I mostly love Christmas. I love baking cookies (although now that I shouldn't eat them it's definitely an exercise in control). I love Christmas music...the classics, not the new stuff. I love the feeling when I find the perfect gift for someone, and I love the time when the shopping is finished, I can put Christmas music on, wrap presents, and watch old movies with my family. I love decorating the tree, and when it's all finished, laying down underneath and looking up at the lights. I love when my parents and both sets of in-laws come over on Christmas Eve. We go to Christmas Eve services at church (which is more remarkable and special with my Christian family and my Jewish in-laws), and come home for a Christmas/Hannukah meal and everyone is together and it's all good.

Here's what I don't love. I don't love fighting the crowds at Cool Springs Mall, where it takes 30 minutes to drive .25 miles because it's the only place in middle Tennessee to shop at certain stores. I don't love lugging all the Christmas decorations up from the basement, knowing that in less than a month I have to lug them all back down again. Every year I forget to buy the great storage boxes they have to hold ornaments and things, and so after Christmas, when they're nowhere to be found, I have to wrap each one in old newspaper and squeeze them into shoeboxes or whatever boxes I have left over after Christmas. Then there's always the box full of the best stuff that I don't find until after Christmas when I'm putting everything away.

And the biggest thing is that I don't like the fact that no one in my family really NEEDS anything, myself included, but I can't convince anyone to nix the presents. We give to charity, buy presents for the Angel Tree at church, which is all great, but when I search high and low for the perfect present for someone who has everything they need, I get a little bit cranky.

But, today I got an email from Sam Davidson, at Cool People Care, which if you haven't checked out, you really need to.

Anyway, here's part of the email, and you'll have to go online to check out the rest.

Christmas is NOT YOUR BIRTHDAY...Because we all know that unless you're Jimmy Buffet, Jesus, or Conrad Hilton, Christmas is not your birthday. And, we also know that every step we take to save the planet is a good one. And, we know that the current economic environment didn't magically make our gift list any shorter.

I'm happy to learn that every Friday from now until Christmas, I'm going to get ideas for gifts for my friends and family that will help save the world. And they'll even give you a downloadable gift tag to explain how the gift will help save the world. I plan on using that little feature, because when my nephew opens up the power strip, he will probably need a little explanation.

Read "Christmas is Not Your Birthday" here.