I know, I know, the economy is in crisis. "WE MUST BUY STUFF to get the economy going again! " the masses and the media cry. but for me, what i really want for the holidays this year is experiences. Take me out to the zoo! or aquarium, or botanical garden. Come over and play board games, sit in front of the fireplace with some cocoa! Let's go on a hike in the Sandia's or walk our dogs in the Bosque. Let's have a tea party, or knitting party, or baking party. Give me your recipes, hugs, stories, ideas, your love. Let's walk around the neighborhood and look at holiday lights! let's go watch a dollar movie and sneak in our own popcorn.
If you MUST buy a physical item, get it locally! Support OUR economy and the people and businesses at home. Go to local restaurants if you must dine out. Shop at Thrift Stores, the salvation army and antique shops. Make your own cards instead of giving Hallmark your hard earned money. Make pie, cakes, and non-perishables for gifts. CRAFT! trade services with people! make coupon books for massages, home-made lunches/dinners, honey-do lists, breakfast in bed.
Get creative! You will enjoy your time much more then in a store. Shopping does not equal happiness! Remember the PEOPLE in your life (not just what they want for the holidays) and spend TIME with them, not just money.
and turn off your T.V. and computer! there's more to life then a glowing screen*.
and speaking of that....
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