Written by Amy Ballinger
The pandemic may continue to change what many families are putting under the Christmas tree this year; but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Many studies have shown the long-term negative impacts of children getting too many gifts for Christmas, and the older we get, the more it seems we are filling each other’s lives with ‘stuff’ that is often unnecessary.
Maybe this year is an opportunity for positive change; an opportunity for more mindful and intentional gift giving, and making an effort to shop locally.
We recommend adopting our 5 Gift Christmas rule to help you check off everyone on your holiday list this season:
#1. One thing you WANT
#2. One thing you NEED
#3. One thing you WEAR
#4. One thing you READ
#5. One thing to GIVE to someone else in need
Whether your family income has been affected or out of solidarity with the families who won’t be able to buy as many gifts this year, now is the perfect time to introduce a 5 Gift Christmas at your house!
Amy Ballinger is a RevolutionHer™ Business Member, and the Founder of Joywrap, the wrapping paper you never throw away! A 2017 study by Zero Waste Canada found that more than 540,000 tonnes of wrapping paper ends up in Canadian landfills after the holidays. That’s the equivalent weight of about 100,000 elephants of wrapping paper trash each year. Joywrap makes all the same fun sounds as traditional wrapping paper, but without any the waste. Reuse Joywrap as part of your family traditions or give it away as part of a gift, and feel good about your gift giving for years to come.