The anxiety over the economy and the falling of a pox upon all of our heads both literally (H1N1) and figuratively has many people contemplating the end of life as we know it. The demise of the earth through the catastrophe of climate change is almost a pleasant alternative to suddenly coughing and then dying in a “Love Story” type movie scenario painted by media. Distrust is growing of leaders in the areas of food production and other societal concerns such as, “Where the hell is my job?”
So with those issues firmly in mind, we head out to our cars to purchase some nice articles made in China that (we are recently told) are lowering our male’s sperm counts, poisoning our babies and altering us in ways not even capable of being analyzed as yet. Credit card? Who is going to use a credit card when it is for many people the rubber raft on a possibly sinking ship. Perhaps tug boat would be a more appropriate metaphor. If all else fails, shove off in your mastercard or climb into your visa to keep you from going under immediately. To live to regret another day, is always an option.
We have discovered that our Christmas present will be the replacement of the electrical service to the house because we have to meet new stipulations…. and we weren’t informed until our insurance was four days from the deadline for renewal. Such a nice surprise in our Christmas socks. But you know what? It would have had to be done one day. We can winge and wring our brows, our hands, our lips. What does that do? So our Christmas is pretty much decided.
Others are looking around for something more meaningful than the recently traditional experience. A suggestion that I can offer is now is the time to buy experience.
Kelowna is full of artists and artisans and crafter who can make a beautiful hand-made gift that is special. Most of us who work in the arts are willing to do commissions for our clients.
How about buying a class for someone? The Potters Addict in the Rotary Centre has classes for children.http://www.bonnieandersonartist.com/andersonclasses.html
I offer classes through UBC-O and private classes in my studio.
Instead of spending money on a cheaply made mass manufactured one of thousands item, you can buy something very special this year. Because your money matters and has to go a long way, buying local contributes to the economy, saves the environment and gives the recipient something very personal.
Think about it. This Christmas can be special. And you can keep your credit card as the rope ladder to throw out the window, should the need arise. We all need insurance, hey?