The beloved celebration of Christmas is at hand and gift giving is the name of the game. Consumerism consumes us! Time for change.
Countries around the world have various traditions. In Iceland, books are given on Christmas Eve and the night is spent reading, in Palestine, where 20% are Christian and the home of Bethlehem, there are parades and sweets are given, in France the act of giving gifts is relatively new but growing in popularity and, of course, in the U.S. there is a fervor for purchasing gifts and receiving gifts.
There is a wonderful book about the traditions of gift giving titled "The Gift" by Lewis Hyde, should you wish to research traditions the world over.
Personally, the gift or the card that is created by a friend or loved one is by far the most special. For years I have cherished and saved cards that were created by a friend or family member. Whether one gives a culinary delight, an offer of time, or a piece of art, etc...these are the most meaningful gifts and consumerism is avoided.
The first art piece I present was a gift to a special friend . For several years I have asked friends to choose a piece from my website and this has been met with delight.
Let's consider changing our usual purchasing frenzy for the gift of creativity.