Wednesday, December 26, 2007
* * * Green Gifts * * *
This year I gave Green Gifts to my family and friends. I stamped the plain bags with a Christmas tree stamp I made. I added some canned goods , all homemade and from the garden this past summer , Kosher Dill Pickles , Salsa , Jalapeno Peppers , Strawberry Jam. A couple of jars wrapped in tissue paper were tucked in the gift bags.
I recycled some of my past holiday cards for gift tags.
Each tag said ....
Help Mother Earth
Please reuse your jars or return to me.
Recycle your bag next Christmas ( add your own decorations )
and pass it along.
Merry Christmas !
I'm looking forward to next year , wonder how many will actually decorate their bags and pass it along. I know one of my friends was really thrilled about it and said her bag would be heavily embellished next Christmas.
I'm not sure if I should have asked them to return the jars to me if they didn't reuse them , but I will use them and don't want them sent to the landfill. My ancestors were called Indian Givers because of this practice , but they believed if you were given a gift and didn't use it , the gift should be given to someone who would. It wasn't considered rude to ask for it back , if they weren't using it or for the person receiving the gift to give it back if they didn't need it. This wasn't considered ungrateful or rude , it was handled in a respectful way.
Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. I will be posting more about my Green Christmas in the days to come.