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December 10, 2007

I'm Dreaming Of A Green Christmas

02This year we aren't putting up any Christmas lights outside and we're claiming it's to do our part to fight global warming. It's the green thing to do, you know. Use less energy and so forth. Not to mention it's freaking cold outside and we don't feel like decorating, alright? So we might be the only house on the block without lights and animated polar bears, but we can at least feel like the bigger man because we are "so very Eco-conscious."

And this Christmas it's been GREAT economically to go green- as we're limiting as much "excess" as possible and not even exchanging gifts with some of our families. Instead we'll spend time doing something fun like the Star Wars Exhibit at the Museum of Science & Industry and then a day at an activity jump center for the kids. This means a lot less presents to buy and wrap and then hunt for the gift receipt so it can be returned. No malls. No lines. Ah, this going green is the easy way out. Why don't more lazy people do it?

And for the family members that are buying our kids gifts, I am almost thankful for the toy recalls because now we have an excuse to request the good kind of toys without sounding too picky. The ban against "not made in China" junk will keep them out of Wal-Mart and Dollar General for sure now! Or so we hope.

We may just end up coming off as lackadaisical and like we didn't put our hearts into this Christmas. As much as I drone on sarcastically here, that's not the case. Maybe I'm just starting to see some comfortable benefits to going green even at Christmas and it's making it for me truly the most wonderful time of the year!


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