by Bill McKibben
There are dozens of books I'd like to recommend, but for this season, this is the one--by bestselling ecological author and journalist Bill McKibben. It promotes fitting values and ideas about reducing consumption, consumerism and materialism. Amazon says: "This brief, eloquently presented book offers a simple and inviting strategy for handling the most complicated holiday of our times...only spending a hundred dollars at Christmas...What we need and long for now are the gifts of time, meaningful family connections, periods of silence, a relationship with the divine, McKibben writes...Make homemade presents (he even offers a chapter's worth of great ideas). Give children coupons for zoo visits or an evening devoted to playing board games...
Here's an excerpt from an online chat with McKibben at New American Dream:
"...the most important thing would be to think about whether or not the things that you're doing are actually making the season joyful for you or not. Keep real careful track and try to figure out if that's what you really want from the Holidays. You can't change your life or your celebrating patterns overnight. But given that the people in this chat will be around for many more Christmases, there's plenty of time to observe yourself and find what makes you feel happy and joyful."
this book now.
Other Books by Bill McKibben:
Enough : Staying Human in an Engineered Age
The End of Nature
Wandering Home : A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape:Vermont's Champlain Valley and New York's Adirondacks