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Harrine Freeman, a personal finance expert, discusses strategies to help parents keep their finances in check during the holidays. Read and Comment »
Allison Cook and Renée Shade of The Story of Stuff Project help people think about the about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff. Read more »
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At the end of November, I immediately--and frantically--started making to-do lists of presents to buy, searching blogs for holiday meal and craft ideas, looking for cheap flights, and trying to remember where I put my glue gun. The overwhelming feeling of holiday craziness began to wash over me, and I’m not the only one freaking out; eight out of ten Americans experience increased stress during the holiday season.
I spend a huge part of every day at The Story of Stuff Project trying to engage a different kind of thinking about our relationship to stuff and our consumer-crazed culture. The irony of me crouching over my desk trying to determine the exactly perfect kind of toxic-laden, superfluous piece of junk to buy for the people who matter the most is not lost on me.
There is no denying that the stuff-focused frenzy of the holidays is a force to be reckoned with, but I’m a firm believer that it’s no match for what really makes the holidays so special: our family and friends, a sense of tradition and history, and a good bit of fun. My colleague, Renée, and I put our heads together to think up some ways that we can reclaim the holidays and celebrate traditions, new and old, which remind us and our families what’s so special about this time of year.
What are your ideas for reclaiming the holidays and making this time of year about what you and your family truly values? We’d love to hear from you.
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