It’s the thought that counts
As the end of the year is near and the Christmas shopping season begins, there are news reports about shortages, delays and higher prices for consumers. Experts say that the shortages and delays are caused by different factors, for example; fuel shortages, higher transport costs, and production delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Economists and journalists say that the near future could be challenging for consumers and for the economy in general. But is there a more positive side to this? Can we adapt to these challenges and changing times?
Perhaps it is a good opportunity now for us to re-evaluate our consumer habits and culture, and also our idea of Christmas, for those who celebrate Christmas. Is a more sustainable Christmas possible, one that means less consumption of resources and less transporting of goods, and supports local businesses and the local community more?
Maybe, we don’t need all those products that advertisers try to sell us every day. wouldn't you prefer a sweater that your partner secretly knitted for you, or a handmade album of photos, or a present from a local gift shop, stationer, toy shop or market, rather than some mass-produced, manufactured item delivered to your door? As the old saying goes; “it’s the thought that counts”, and if we can give more thought, spend less money and do something more for the planet at the same time, wouldn’t that be better?