November 28, 2008
Forget the gifts, honey. Let's give a little extra to the food bank this year.
I enjoyed Paul Nyhan's piece in the P-I this week about how holiday traditions are changing in light of the recession. As Nyhan writes, "Goodwill is the new toy store, philanthropy is replacing Hanukkah presents and annual dinners are now potlucks."
Earlier this month, I wrote about the ways folks I've spoken with are scaling back on the usual year-end gift-giving orgy. I'm especially interested the point Nyhan makes about holiday revelers substituting shopping with charitable donations this year.
A few people I know are doing this. Earlier this week, a friend sent out a group email saying that instead of giving presents to friends and family this year, she planned to make a sizable donation to her favorite food bank and her favorite animal rescue foundation. Another friend plans to make modest donations to friends' and family member's pet causes in their names.
As I write this, millions are no doubt arm-wrestling each other to snatch up sale items at Costco and any number of malls. In fact, the P-I reported that Seattleites are poised to outspend those living elsewhere in the nation this holiday season. Not to be outdone, shoppers at a New York Wal-Mart tramped a store employee to death earlier today in their frenzy to nab the best deals.
So which is it Seattle? Where do you fall on the gift giving continuum this year? Have any of your holiday spending traditions changed in light of the current economy?
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