Sometimes, in the face of a wilfully stupid government that leaves you feeling powerless, all you can do is quietly undermine them.
So with large tracts of the east coast of Australia now alight with unseasonal bushfires and a government still intent on promoting coal and coal mines, I’ve channelled my anger and frustration into a small act of defiance this Christmas.
No big buying spree to prop up the economy, thanks all the same, Mr Treasurer. This is the year my group of friends decided to
#84 Hold a Sustainable Kris Kringle
So much better than the usual exchange of bought-at-the-last-minute ‘stuff’.
The brief was simple:
◊ Make it
◊ Bake it
◊ Pick it
◊ Plant it
◊ Re-cycle it
◊ Re-gift it
◊ Re-use it
◊ Re-design it
◊ Re-purpose it
And here are the ideas we came up with:
2. A re-gifted book on ‘green’ drinking and eating
3. A Garden Box full of goodies, including freshly laid eggs:
4. A jigsaw puzzle the original owner had completed more than enough times:
5. A Gift card promising a home cooked meal, with no expiry date!
6. A re-cycled novel by Ann Cleeves (who writes the Vera series) presented in a Christmas-card decorated bag:
7. Cards of assorted sizes printed on a home printer from photographs taken locally by the gift-giver:
8. Bonus cosmetics received after placing an order for regular cosmetics:
Every aspect of this Sustainable Kris Kringle was perfect: the pre-planning, the collating and especially the exchange of such personal gifts at our breakfast gathering.
The vote is that we’re definitely doing it again next year.
With apologies to the economy, of course.
Image of Christmas Trees (at top of post) is my lettuce, having bolted in the pre-summer heat. [sigh]