I just don't get it. Kids don't need stuff and if you have dragged your kid up to think they do need it, maybe they also need to know where all that cheap plastic comes from. Just google it to find any tale of terror coming from the Chinese sweatshops. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm totally happy to put a kid to work shovelling shit or chopping wood and I think it's important for kids to develop strong work ethics at a young age. However, I would never let my kid make plastic shit for less that a dollar a day, and under appalling conditions, for some spoilt brat (who doesn't appreciate it anyway) on the other side of the world. Sometimes I'm almost tempted to make little picture books for the kids with photos of other little kids in sweatshops making their toys. ha!
Ok, rant over.
Normally I bypass the whole gift giving thing but this year I have decided to embrace it. This year it is worth more than simply buying something and giving it to someone, it is about supporting the farmers, artists, writers and producers in our community and sharing all that this beautiful part of the world offers.
This year everyone is getting a selection of goodies from:
Cheese from Comboyne Culture
Jams from Good Ol Mum's
Kimchi from Bottled Culture
Wine from Red Tail Wines
Macadamia yumminess from Hand 'N' Hoe
Books from Maureen Larter
Honey and soaps from Honeycomb Valley
And all sorts of deliciousness from our own garden.
For the first time in many years I'm actually excited about Christmas. HO HO HO....