I am the very incarnation of Bah Humbug. I have no particular Christmas spirit and no desire to see the whole business encouraged in any way. And while I realize this attitude doesn't exactly win friends and influence people, it is sincere.
However, I am inspired to participate in this small way this year: A good friend of mine has compiled a list of alternative holiday shopping sources and I feel it's worth sharing with others who may be more possessed of winter holiday convictions and shopping traditions. Below is her message.
The holidays are coming and thus ushers in the most materialistically driven time of the year in an already materialistic society. Be unconventional and even subversive this year by refusing to buy in to the lie of the status quo and by creating a new type of demand in the global market: a demand for products that are fairly traded and benefit the billions of people in our world that are in poverty. Or, refuse to buy material things at all and give gifts in the form of donations that will change someone's life.
ALTERNATIVE SHOPPING GUIDE
Made by Survivors of Slavery/Human Trafficking
Helping the Poor out of Poverty and Creating Sustainability
Ten Thousand Villages
A Greater Gift
Cards from Africa
Global Goods Partners
Alaffia Sustainable Skin Care
Socially Conscious Consumer Search Pages
Unique Gifts to Directly Support Transformational Development and Justice
Other Initiatives with Products to Promote Social Justice and Eco-Friendly Shopping
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!