Simple Christmas Gifts

In my article from a couple of weeks ago, I championed the idea of a simpler Advent season that shifted the idea of giving Christmas gifts to the needy rather than those with plenty. That idea tops my gift-giving list, but I also include alternatives that come with small(er) carbon footprints: My top suggestion remainsContinue reading “Simple Christmas Gifts”

A Simpler Advent to Prepare the Way

The Advent season consists of the four weeks preceding Christmas. This is a time of renewal, a time to prepare for the coming of the Lord. A time to take stock of what is important in our lives and how we can best honor the birth of Jesus. Unfortunately, many of our Christmas customs areContinue reading “A Simpler Advent to Prepare the Way”

Don’t send flowers for Valentine’s Day; send trees

From a blog post on earthday.org: Nothing is stronger than love — except maybe climate change. Did you know that a gift of flowers will often travel thousands of miles (often by jet plane) to your florist? Add the refrigerants used to keep the flowers cold and then there is the additional travel for youContinue reading “Don’t send flowers for Valentine’s Day; send trees”