Posted 8 years ago on Nov. 21, 2011, 4:47 p.m. EST by aaronwayneodonahue
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There are a lot of seasonal labor jobs in my city of Eau Claire, WI. Many of these jobs depend on the 4th quarter for work as much as giant corporations depend on it for profit. However, for all the commies and the greenies and the true-meaning-of-the-holidays-ies you might want to consider ways in which you can construct or re-invent cultural practices in your own life from the various political, economic, and social justice views that you have. So, what cool things do you plan to do with this opportunity? Buy local? Buy nothing? Adopt an illegal alien named Roger? Donate? Occupy random things around the neighborhood? Protest Black Friday at the stores? Anyone have any really fun or creative ideas?
Personally, I'm going to be "re-nailing" an effigy of Jesus to a cross again on the court house lawn. (Kidding!) If you're a religious Christian, I've heard of cute practices where people will make Jesus a Birthday cake and for some (liars) that's all they will do. Sort of sweet, I suppose. Ideas, Ideas, Festivus is always fashionable, too. Kwanzaa has already given the holiday season a lot of serious thought, and it can be adapted to a broader audience. Channukah is nice, I suppose, but some worry about getting trapped into 8 days of gift giving. Epiphany, Boxing Day, Yule, Saturnalia, etc.-- occupy it all and consider ways in which you could improve upon the traditions. Take from each what you want and discard the rest.
Here are some suggestions:
1.) Buy local
2.) Be frugal
3.) Make gifts
4.) Donate money to a charity
5.) Buy Green
6.) Volunteer with friends and family
7.) Put up a Tree of Knowledge
8.) Don't buy anything
Whether you are trying to preserve the "true" meaning of Christmas or trying to make the season meaningful to you, don't let credit card debt ruin it.