The other night my 8 year old daughter was crying her heart out. Why? because the gifts she wants to buy for her school friends and her family cost so much money and she only has $14. She has such a generous soul. I tried to calm her down. I told her that this holiday season is not about how many gifts you get. I told her that we would be happy with something she made, like a picture or a beaded bracelet or a poem. She looked at me slightly disbelieving…I said “Let’s just go for a walk and collect some pine cones and put some glitter on them, maybe bake some cookies and paint some pictures.” The hypnotic spell of consumerism is so strong. I suggested we bring some baby formula and canned food items to our local food bank. Nature is my antidote to shopping.