By Laurie Caswell Burke
The holiday music has arrived. A blown-up Santa and a fully decorated holiday tree have been spotted on a shopping mall green. Parking lots are filling up as people fill baskets with bundles of gift items for the holidays. At the same time, Iceland had a major ice cap break off, Obama has rejected the Keystone pipeline, and signs of progress toward a more sustainable future are visible through our media. We as American citizens are making an effort to be better stewards of our planet.
So, during this holiday season what does that really mean? Is this a time where we say, it’s the holidays – climate change can wait. Or is this a time where we all want to give pause to our holiday celebrations and think more sustainably about our holiday choices? As the writer of this monthly column, I am the Greener Grinch with a few tips that might be helpful in this year’s holiday madness.
Slow down, think about some options to include in your holiday.
Visit your local community craft fairs. We have several in our town happening Dec. 4 and 5. Shelburne Community School Craft Fair, Waldorf Holiday Fair and United Methodist Church Bazaar, to name a few.
Consider supporting two local nonprofits, Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms, and visit their gift stores.
Shop local. Remember that we are fortunate to live in a charming town that has great shop owners in the village and the north and south corridors who rely on our business.
Make a gift on-line to a nonprofit you care about. A gift in memory or honor of a loved one is a meaningful tribute, especially one that has meaning to that individual.
Give the gift of experience to a family member or friend like a movie, a sleigh ride, a romantic evening out, ski tickets or a trip to the skating rink.
Every year I try to simplify my holiday. This has become my go-to list of local holiday shopping. When I take the time to be more intentional during the holidays, I enjoy them more. Wishing everyone the best that this season brings.
Let it snow. Let it snow, let it snow.