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Holiday Shopping: How to Choose Meaning Over Materialism | Care2 Healthy Living

Holiday Shopping: How to Choose Meaning Over Materialism | Care2 Healthy Living

Thanksgiving is just days away, which of course means it’s nearly time for the kick-off of this year’s month-long shopping spree. The holiday season, if approached mindfully, offers a beautiful opportunity to connect with our loved ones and remind ourselves of what is truly important in life. But so often we give into the stress of holiday shopping and travel – which not only ruins the joy of the season, but also contributes to materialistic cultural practices that ignore the importance of sustainability and ethical business practices. So I’m suggesting three ways to make your holiday shopping more meaningful and less materialistic. Make Something Every year, someone in some magazine suggests homemade gifts as an affordable alternative. And every year, I scoffed. It couldn’t possibly be more economical – and less time-consuming – than just buying something from the store, ...

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