Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas Spirit

I'm feeling completely overwhelmed by the consumerism of Christmas. I feel like it has evolved to a completely materialistic holiday, and am feeling quite dismayed and trapped by that and I'm not sure what to do about it. If anyone has any suggestions, books, etc., please let me know! So far I've checked out a book from the library called "Hooked, Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume" and I'm going to try to find a community service project to do before Christmas. So. . . in contrast to those feelings, the girls, especially Naomi, are really excited about Christmas so we have already put up our Christmas tree and lights. They also helped their Grandma put up her Christmas tree and decorations and have made some homemade ornaments. My suggestion of celebrating Hanukkah instead of Christmas this year did not go over well! Here is our tree this year, we did homemade garland, popcorn and construction paper, plus we have lots of homemade Christmas ornaments. Naomi also checked out a book on Origami Christmas ornaments, which is her specialty (origami, that is).

Some very scary acrobatics and feats of insanity on the roof of the house rendered us some outdoor lights (thanks Daddy!):

In other news, Naomi is feasting on the quantity and requestability (sent to our branch two blocks away!) of manga that is available through the Nashville Public Library.

And last but not least, I am feeling increasingly like the Venus of Willendorf thanks to a combination of PMS and cold symptoms so I am going to bed!

1 comment:

babybird said...

love the dildo dog... maybe ur family could plant a tree this christmas. maybe u could talk to your mom and agree on only homemade presents this year. U could even draw names so people only get and give one present. The best x-mas i had growing up was when my mom took us to a homeless shelter on christmas day to wrap "presents" for homeless kids which looked more like people's garbage. We went home and opened presents after and felt weird. We ended the holiday thoughtful & uncomfortable. But it was an important lesson.