Squishy's favourite Christmas film this year is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and our favourite quote from the story is "And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?"
I've definitely realised that this is true this December; we decided to not buy new from November 23rd 2020 and the first month has been interesting!
Today I went to our local retail park and tested myself by popping into a few shops that had sales on. From the second I walked into the store I felt different.
Apathetic. Bored. If I'm honest, a little bit overwhelmed at the sheer volume of stuff; especially sale stuff. I nonchalantly flicked through the rail but I wasn't the least bit tempted to buy anything; even a bargain, even if it was 'responsibly sourced cotton.' The mantra in my head was "Do you/they need that?"
I could admire the nice things without any rush of adrenaline that told me to buy them and that is VERY unlike the old me circa 2012.
So what have we done in December instead?
We handmade Auntie Ecologico's 30th birthday card and wrote her a poem and we crafted, junk modelled and baked with stuff we already had, we borrowed books from colleagues and passed on via a Facebook pay it forward page and have already lined up someone to pass them on too.
We did buy a couple of Christmassy bits from our local charity shop (stockings, a duvet cover and Christmas Eve pjs) and a couple of board games for our 'isolation style Christmas.'
Also we did have to buy something new this month: our shower head broke. We looked to get one secondhand but there were none with the correct fitting so we had to get one new.
Total new items this month: 1.