The holiday season is at our doorstep and we can already feel the festive energy filling the air. In recent years, Christmas seems to have lost some of its traditional meaning to the hands of consumerism and materialism. Although religious in origin, Christmas evolved in the 20th century to be a yearly celebration gathering family members from near and far, enjoying a feast and exchanging gifts.
We can easily fall for the idea of luxurious presents in abundance, using Christmas as a time to offer material items to our loved ones as opposed to our help, service and gratitude. Without taking away the value that material presents can bring to oneself, it is also increasingly important to consider the journey undertaken by the products we purchase. Every little action matters, and gifting a product that is sustainably or locally made, has minimal impact on the environment when produced or used, has a long-term value or usage capacity is a far better choice.