Have Yourself a Very Merry Ethical Christmas

 

Advent is historically known as a time of watchful waiting – the Latin term translating as ‘coming’. A time of expectant waiting and preparation for what is coming……For me this is an interesting time of reflection and waiting for a ‘coming’ of newness. Much like the expectant Mary we await what scene we will greet and welcome this Christmas ‘celebration’.

As we embark on the preparations, I ponder where the Christ is in Christmas? What does inner Christ mean to you? ….. How does this translate to how we live our spiritual, emotional and physical lives.

Whatever our beliefs, we all tend to find ‘something’ in the festivities to enjoy and something to reflect on as a challenge to see opportunities for growth and healing. But what does this really mean – can I really find healing in the chaos…..? Growth through the pain and inner peace despite the heart breaking battles and reminders of what I lack! …Really?

In the the chaos of gifts, money spending, food preparing, relationship conflicts and whizzing here there and everywhere to ‘achieve’ Christmas. What would it be like to have a Christmas that focuses on the Christ love within? The loving, peace filled miracles of wonder of the manager, of the gifts of Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh and – guided by the star of creation.

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/p/doterra-frankincense-touch-blend-oil

But what does this actually mean for how I ‘do’ advent and celebrate Christmas? What do I show my children and loved ones about my respect for the world and mother earth?

We are met with adverts for plastic. A never ending conveyor belt of plastic toys and games and gadgets that will never ever disintegrate. Never. They will end up in our seas. Every 8 seconds there is plastic dumped in our seas to the total size of one whole killer whale – one killer whale of plastics every 8 seconds! https://skyoceanrescue.com/a-plastic-whale/

Rather than buy and use more plastic can we gift other things? Ethical, planet loving, peace bringing gifts?

Making Memories – days out to a farm, country park, reservoir, the beach, a football stadium, ice skating.

Tees and seasonal accessories with loving, strong message and excellent quality – https://rapanuiclothing.com/

Organic turkey https://www.riverford.co.uk/shop/meat/organic-turkey?gclid=CjwKCAiA9f7QBRBpEiwApLGUiqQh_-amfXPYcPvWFNX6O1Zy1kkgHvlM2_-9KV7seOaKR-KNlGHc4BoCIwoQAvD_BwE

Or maybe even consider Vegan! https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/vegan-nut-roast/

http://thegreenplate.com/blog/here-are-8-of-the-most-vegan-movies-on-netflix/

What about adopting an animal https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-an-animal?gclid=CjwKCAiA9f7QBRBpEiwApLGUintGl6swsFrPCuniKfByAfJp_7bX9h-WkoypjoL5IW1RLKhLFJ-O1hoCFwwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Twin your toilet https://www.toilettwinning.org/twin-your-toilet/

Helping those victim to modern slavery https://www.doterra.com/US/zh/p/doterra-hope-touch-essential-oil-blend

http://hopeforjustice.org/united-kingdom/

On our own doorstep….. http://theccat.com/

What about the gift of clean water? https://www.wateraid.org

An ethical Christmas gives meaning back to each other and our world. Surely that’s worth more than the latest fad…

Can you replant your Christmas tree this year so you can reuse it next year?

How about making and gifting your own chutney, Christmas cards, toffee or jam…or gift some Cacao from https://rozyglow.com/product/ceremonial-grade-raw-cacao-from-peru/

Do you have an elderly or lonely neighbour who would like some company for an hour or so Christmas morning or evening or even set them a place at your table (more hands for washing those dirty pans!)

How about a gift for your own struggles….RozyGlow Festive First Aid is a tool kit and Yoga based program I highly recommend to help you through any stress and painful challenges this season. https://rozyglow.com/festive-first-aid-offer/

 

I wonder what would happen if every one person changed just one thing? What would the impact be. One person, one thing?

If a lot of people thought like that it could be a million people – a million things.

I wonder what the RozyGlow community could co-create in 2018…. Let us see as our Divine Sparks rise.

Merry Christmas & peace-filled advent 🙂

 

We would love to hear the ‘one thing’ you choose to change….. keep in touch. Our world needs us – yes YOU and ME!

 

Grace & Peace,

Cherrie

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