Is A Green Christmas About Abstinence Or Mindfulness?
It's not just the greens who feel this emotional tug at the end of the year: A 2005 survey by the Center for a New American Dream showed that 78 percent of Americans wish the holidays were 8220less materialistic.8221 At the same time, the average American spends about $900 on presents each year, according to the National Retail Federation.Still, to some ears, the call for less excessive consumption during the holidays sounds almost un-American.
The NY Times has an article that looks at what it means to be green during the festive season. Thankfully it avoids a lot of talk about ‘green gifts’ and looks at people’s growing concern about consumption and how they influence their families. An extract:
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