Three years ago, Meowy Catmas Cat Christmas Tree Christmas T-Shirt my dad put his foot down and announced that, after spending one arm and one leg on my college tuition, we needed a sustainable Christmas.
Naturally, I was taken aback.
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My outrage increased as he explained what sustainability means to him in this case: virtually no material gifts, little palm tree decoration in our house rather than buying a Douglas fir tree and spend the Christmas morning baking and eating cinnamon rolls rather than opening presents.
“But Dad!” I cried. “It wouldn’t be like Christmas without a Christmas tree! And no presents! ”
Despite my reservation, it did. The Meowy Catmas Cat Christmas Tree Christmas T-Shirt weeks leading up to Christmas were flooded with long FaceTime calls to family members and friends to honestly talk about their situation. My brother and I baked gingerbreads and then gave them to the neighbors.
We spent Christmas Eve at the beach. On the morning of December 25, we woke up with the scent of cinnamon in the oven and freshly brewed coffee. Since then, every Christmas has been solid in our home.
To say that the US holiday season has been too commercialized over the years would be an understatement. Christmas seems to have become synonymous with Buy! Buy! Buy! The holiday industry is worth $ 465 billion and the Meowy Catmas Cat Christmas Tree Christmas T-Shirt average American will spend $ 900 on gifts this season.
That figure does not include amounts spent on decorations, Christmas trees, gift wrapping paper and other holiday related items. When asked to describe their feelings around holidays, Americans often use the word “stress” because of the social pressure they feel to give family and friends the “perfect” gift.