After reading the dictates of the new sustainable Santa, I'd like to say that we are fastidiously following each directive. I'd like to say that my children's handmade stockings (that at least is true) will hold only handmade toys, crafted from reclaimed fabric, vintage buttons and reforested wood (okay, we gave the wood trains last year).
But I can't.
I really want to save handmade toys. Really, I do. But my children have reached an age when a handmade toy, beautiful and thoughtfully crafted, won't quite cut the mustard. They yearn for the dreaded plasticrap.
Aren't the holidays a time where at least wish or two can be granted, though?
They can with the help of Second-Hand Santa.
With his help, there will be a transformer in my son's stocking. A hand-me-down one passed on to us when my best friend and her family moved out of the country last month. So while it is plasticrap, it is exactly what he wanted and has a carbon footprint of, approximately, zero.There will also be a giant, oft-reused fabric bag full of used Legos under the tree. The Legos came from a friend, who rounded them up from another friend, to thank me for driving her son to school once a week. Once opened, the new-to-us Legos will be added to the bin of other hand-me-down Legos that a former food coop member gave us a few months back. Sound like a lot of Legos? Like a lot of plasticrap? Yes. But, as every six year old boy knows, you can not have too many Legos. And really, are Legos that bad? Are the hours of creative building really wrong? What if, in a few years, we pass them on to yet another family who gives their child a gift from Second-Hand Santa?
As my good friend, Arduous, and I discussed last week, the beauty of second hand is that there is no first hand guilt. Owning second hand items even comes with a bit of pride because those items found a home with you instead of the landfill. Moreover, Second-Hand Santa saved so much money going used, that he can afford to give a budding artist things like 100% recycled paper and watercolor pencils made from reforested wood to go along with the plasticrap.
And that is something to celebrate.
Happy holidays from the bean pod.