01 January 2008

Stuff for Christmas

I love Christmas. And I'm not just saying that. I love waking up to a tower of pine and tinsel lit by blue pre-dawn light. I love the glow of red, white, green and yellow bulbs on blankets of snow. I love gingerbread, eggnog, turkey and stuffing. My favourite part of Christmas is that wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, all my friends and family (more or less) throw responsibility and schedules to the wind and come together.

However, I am my father's daughter when it comes to Christmas consumption. The financial and physical waste from escalating consumerism bothers us both. A lot. In spite of (what I think is) a healthy sense of generosity, like years before, I found myself frustrated at gift-giving obligations this year.

Staring back and forth, up and down rows and rows of products on shelves in store after store, all I could think of was the homemade doll stores from my childhood, filled with cheap plastic product replicas.

Still, I do have a lamentable love for fashion, jewellery, decor and spa, while working weekdays in a marketing department. I am by no means blame-free in the world of consumption year-round. So while I hang out between my rock and hard place, I was pleased to come across a web site that more rationally and objectively outlines the life of 'INSERT WIDGET HERE' instead of vaguely whining like I do.

If you're feeling a tad detached and frustrated after the holidays, read about the Story of Stuff at: