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Living on Less

Is it a party without presents?

Christmas this year was as usual but with a few adjustments. Most of the nephews just got a promise of a movie date with us, same as last year, but we added another nephew to the mix. Stockings for the kids and a present or two were bought at a kids swap meet instead of buying new things that were going to be broken soon enough anyways.

When you are trying to change your families traditions it’s amazing how difficult it is…

My youngest son’s birthday invites got sent through Facebook with a note that he does not need anything but if people insisted that we would prefer gift certificates to the pool or kids play center instead of a toy type gift. For the most part people complied and we had a generally waste free party. We did get one gift bagged gift. The bag sat on my computer table until the other day when I was able to pawn it back on the person who gave it. Sweet justice!

For my youngest sons baptism we did not make a mention of gifts but I think most people got the message. We received a few gifts but the packaging was minimal. I sent back with the giver one of the gift bags and that made me happy.

So of course another birthday is a couple months away and I will have to decide what to say to the parents of all the kids we will invite. Should I ask for no presents or gift certificates only? Is that rude? And why are we stuck with traditions created by retail?

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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