Someone on Facebook thought it would be cute to post a meme about it being less than 5 weeks until Christmas. I unfriended them. I don’t need that pressure in my life.
Just kidding. I love Christmas. It means holidays and fun times and family and friends. It means lots of food, a sneaky champagne or two, and the Bocce World Championships on the front lawn. It also means my father in law’s homebrew ginger beer, and my annual 5kg of potato salad (I make, not consume!).
I also love the gift giving. I love the hunt for something just right. I’m totally crap at remembering birthdays (happy birthday everyone I know!), but come Christmas, I’m a gifting ninja! I wonder why Father Christmas has elves when he could have ninjas? Anyway, side-tracked…
This year I’ve given a lot of thought about consumption and sustainability, and quite honestly, I’ve got the guilts. I buy too much without purpose. My biggest crime is fabric. I have metres upon metres of the stuff, and there’s no way I’m ever going to get through it sewing for my own family. So what do I do with it?
I’ve made a quiet little commitment to myself. I’m going to pay for Christmas this year by selling the clothes I make. I’m also going to donate a fair chunk of sales (not profit, sales!), to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). While I’m not overly religious, I do see Christmas as a sacred time of year, because it’s when family and friends make an extra special effort to reconnect, and I can’t help but think of those families that won’t have that this year.
So, if you head over to my online store, you can buy your own piece of Tea, Dust and Stitches! Of course, everything is handmade by me, so no feeling guilty about poor working conditions in developing nations. Fabrics are high quality natural materials that feel lovely against the skin and are just that little bit luxe. I’ve got a big pile of 100% organic cottons that I’m madly cutting and stitching as well, so I’ll continue adding to shop in the lead up to Christmas.
I’ve noticed there’s a huge trend to #buylocal and #shopindependent for Christmas this year, so why not be part of it? 🙂