Puh-lease don't throw (local, organic) tomatoes at me. I know it's only September, but I have Christmas on the brain already. Is that horrible? I'm a sun lover through and through, so I'm not wishing away the last days of summer. It's just that this whole Compacting thing has me trying to plan ahead.
The further we travel in this green journey, the more sustainable our holidays have become. We've moved from spending sprees and gift overload to spending wisely and giving fewer, but more thoughtful, gifts. As each holiday or birthday passes though, I still find myself running out of time to make or find everything that I wanted to give.
But this year will be different.
I really mean it this time!
This year I already have my list. (Take that, Santa!) I've whittled it down to the people I really need to have gifts for. I've listed a few interests that each person has, and I've jotted down notes here and there when they've made mention of, say, a plan to hike the Appalachian Trail (I'm thinking: hiking gear, books on the subject).
I'm taking some time to research who's coming in concert when and what plays are running this winter. I'm looking through back issues of Christmas magazines. I'm brainstorming now, so I don't have to run around at the last minute snatching up plastic crap and candles and body lotion. Of course, others might call this being obsessive-compulsive. That's okay, I can take it.
Maybe I'm just a little too much of a sycophant, but I do beam with pride when someone proclaims their gift as "perfect". And, as the gift recipient, I'd much rather have one thoughtful gift than ten gifts that say "I was tired of shopping on Christmas Eve so I just grabbed something for you." (Ahem, honey.)
So come on, you know you want to break out a list of your very own! Start planning a sustainable gift-giving season with me. (And I'll promise not to bring up Christmas again at least until Halloween is over!)