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Valentines/Easter/Mothers Day/Fathers Day/Xmas - A waste?


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junior
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14/2/06 - 17:17
Original Post:
I am interested in finding out what people think about these 'big' days of the year. Have they become too commercialised that all meaning of these days has been lost? Do you feel that you can be sustainable and still look generous at the same time?
puffedpride
Posts: 71
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14/2/06 - 18:03
Of course you can celebrate! Don't go turning the green movement into a killjoy movement - it's the last thing we need.

Me and mine have done this for each other - a home-made card, a home-made poem (imagination costs nothing and produces no C02 to my knowledge) and œ5 allowance each to spend on presents in charity shops....which was surprisingly good fun, with suprisingly good suprise gifts!

No lousy bunch of Tesco roses for œ4.48 for us. (OK my wife cheated and bought tulips from sainsbury, but I'll let her off!) ;)
Richard
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15/2/06 - 17:26
What I hate the most is that the shops have everything in stock months and months before the event. In the supermarkets near us Easter Eggs have been stocked since just after Christmas.
puffedpride
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15/2/06 - 20:34
Aaaaargh!! Easter Eggs....don't get me going!
jasmine
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16/2/06 - 16:18
I much prefer gifts where some thought has gone into it. It is far too easy to go into a shop and pick up some chocolates. Why not make homemade chocs instead?
puffedpride
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16/2/06 - 21:16
Is that easy to do Jasmine? - never considered homemade chocs before.
Craftygreenpoet
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17/2/06 - 9:18
The big festivals are over-commercialised but the answer isn't to become Scrooge but to show that celebration can be sustainable! I make most of the cards I send and buy the rest from charities. I make a lot of my gifts now too, or buy things from charity shops or from Oxfam Unwrapped. I bake a birthday cake for my partner! I don't spend masses of money on anyone, but still I think the presents show thought and imagination and that matters more than how much you spend.
Emma
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22/2/06 - 17:03
I would like to send homemade cakes as presents, but mine never ever turn out right! I can make fairy cakes, and thats my limit. It really disappoints me because I think I'm quite a good cook (well the only complaints I ever get is when I don't cook!). :)
jasmine
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22/2/06 - 17:07
Hi, sorry been away with work for a while so please excuse my absence! Making homemade chocs is really easy, there are loads of recipes on the internet in fact. I did have a great chocolate truffle one, from the BBC Food website, but have lost it! Type in homemade chocolate recipes into Google and you wil lget loads of suggestions. On an enviornemtnal side, I don't know if it is more environmentally friendly to make chocs instead of buying them. I'm guessing it is - plus its more fun! :)
Richard
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24/2/06 - 17:23
We were shown how to make homemade chocolates when we were in school. Those were the days!
cal
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21/3/06 - 22:18
Just going back to the original post, at the weekend I questioned whether mothers & fathers days are 'hallmark' holidays, & was told by my sister the original reason for mothers day: in times past it was the one day off that serving girls were allowed, in order to visit their mothers. I think fathers' day is a dodgy atempt to even the score. Anyway, if you want a second opinion on your home-made chocolates, I'm your man.
Emma
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23/3/06 - 16:57
Cal, I never knew that - you learn something new everyday!
greengiant
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27/3/06 - 17:21
As far as I'm concerned, all of these so called 'special days' have been completely overshadowed by commercialism. Many children for example think Christmas is just for toys, and have forgotten why these days were celebrated in the first place. I remember the days where we were given handmade toys that would last for years, this has been replaced by mass produced plastic tacky toys which break within half an hour of being opened and then are chucked away in the bin within a few days. Sorry to waffle on, but I do feel strongly about this issue! :@
puffedpride
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27/3/06 - 18:06
Yeah, tacky breakable plastic toys that require endless batteries and no imagination to play with :@
tommy
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29/3/06 - 16:59
Its what you make of it partly. I mean, I like everyone else, complains about how commercialised say Christmas is, but then I'm usually the one at the shops buying the cheap rubbish for the kids! Although I am slowly but surely begining to stop this.
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