People say Thanksgiving isn’t respected as a holiday anymore- what with the inflatable penguins in the stores from September these days- but I think it’s what you make of it. And I’m making my Thanksgiving a time to write Christmas cards, to practice my eating and sitting around, and to make presents.
I’m not writing a gift guide this year, because I’ve done it the past two and all that still applies. Plus, I’m planning on making many of the presents I give this year, and that won’t be helpful for folks who can’t knit. (For those who can, mittens!) My only recommendation this year is, if you’re going to buy anything, shop at small businesses. Local, if you have the time. Check out etsy.com, if you don’t have time to browse in person. Shop handmade, shop sustainable products- but whatever you’re looking for, put your Christmas money into supporting the small businesses that create ideas and jobs and support families. I know regular jobs do too, but it’s a rough economy out there right now, and if you want to keep innovative artists and growing companies around, then support them with your dollars.
For now, though, I’ve been looking for Christmas cards, and I’ve got some recommendations if you’re looking as well. Ten Thousand Villages carries cards and stationery made in Fair Trade agreements, and often from recycled or quickly renewable materials. You can buy them online, if you don’t have a local shop. The Spotted Sparrow uses FSC certified and recycled papers to make neat cards- there are a series done on old book pages. Smockpaper and byvik ink make beautiful letterpress cards, and use recycled papers to print on. Etsy has a great search function, so find any other kinds of cards you like at their Paper Goods section.
Or, grab a potato and make your own? It’s still cool if you’re not five anymore, I promise.