Friday, November 2, 2012

Meaningful Memories Holiday Challenge 2012

Halloween, my least favorite holiday, is finally behind us. Hopefully folks will now stop throwing handfuls of candy at my children. My son attends a dual immersion elementary school with a large Mexican-American population, and it has been interesting to be part of a Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration for the first time in my life. My son and I made a poster about my grandfather, for whom my son was named, for a class project for the holiday. I would love to trade Halloween in for Dia de Los Muertos permanently: instead of teenagers at my door demanding candy, a kind of festive Memorial Day where families and communities celebrate loved ones who have passed. Next up (for us Americans) is one of my favorite holidays: Thanksgiving. 

Pretend this says 2012 until I get
a chance to update this button.

And on that note, it's time to kick off the Booth's Meaningful Memory Holiday Challenge. Time to reflect on the kind of holiday season we want to enjoy. What do you want your holidays to be like? Perhaps you are looking for
  • less stress, more time with family and friends
  • less spending and shopping, more handmade and homemade gifts
  • less waste, more appreciation of nature
  • less stuff, more memories
  • less commercialism, more community and charity

Please share your aspirations and ideas with us! You can participate in our challenge by:

  • Spreading the word! The more, the merrier. We look forward to sharing ideas with and learning from all of you.
  • Sharing your ideas for more meaningful holidays in the comments on our posts or on our Facebook page.
  • Writing about how you will be making your memories more meaningful on yourown blog. We will be hosting a Meaningful Memories Link-up in the coming weeks, or you can include a link to your relevant post in the comments of any of our Meaningful Memory posts.
  • Writing a guest post to be published here at the Green Phone Booth. Email us at greenphonebooth [at] gmail [dot] com with your topic idea, and we'll put you on the calendar.

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

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