This is a new kind of holiday season for us, and not just because of the move. A year ago, I was creating and selling my natural bath and body products with fervor while Paul worked tirelessly behind the scenes.
A year later (i.e. now), Laurie has made and delivered the last of the wholesale orders to my Colorado shops for me (thank you Laurie). The Mountain Girl Organics online shop is officially closed for the winter and I have just enough product left over to share with a few new neighbors and friends.
Sitting here post-blizzard with the Greyhounds by the fire feels so comfy, wistfulness notwithstanding. I’ve got a few things to figure out. In the meantime, a quiet Christmas…
Can we, as individuals afford to give what has been deemed socially acceptable in our human circles? Can we, as a global community, afford it? If not, then let this be the year we begin (or continue) to change our habits for the better.
Are our purchases improving societies and eco-systems or destroying them? Let us all try to wrap our heads and hearts around this question and honor the answers this Holiday Season.
Brick and Mortar
Our Indie businesses need us now. What may seemingly cost more up front can ultimately save our communities on a global scale. Please let’s support our local shopkeepers and restauranteurs who in turn support our local artisans and producers and economy in general.
Giving does not need to involve the spending of money we cannot really afford to spend. Writing a poem, singing a song, handmaking a card, baking a treat, infusing a bath oil, shovelling a driveway, teaching a skill, walking a dog, sharing a photo…the posibilities are endless.
A gift is a gift, be it humble or grand . Let us give what we can to those we want to give to, and let us receive with gratitude in our hearts. Happy Holidays, everyone!
With Paul as my witness…
Emily’s name was drawn from a stocking full of twenty-four contenders. Congratulations, Emily! Your mystery MGO prize(s) will be shipped to your doorstep as soon as they are done curing. That didn’t give it away, did it?
Thank you everyone for playing! I will have another contest for New Year’s Day. Don’t you just love a New Year? Speaking of – am I the only one that ponders resolutions anymore? I will definitely blog on this; after Christmas : )