Tis the Season to Shop

right now rawThis was last Christmas and yes I am eating a banana 🙂

Our family’s Christmases have changed over the past seven years as much as our diets have. We were introduced to Advent Conspiracy and it changed our family’s outlook on Christmas. We went from having  super extravagant holidays to caring about what is going on in the rest of the world. For example, women in Africa that cook over an open fire and it is causing disease,  that there are 783,000,000 people worldwide without clean water, and that the majority of the world lives on $2.00 a day. Americans spend $485,000,000,000 on Christmas every year. How much money would it cost to end world hunger? $143,000,000,000! CRAZY, Right?

So, we as a family quit focusing on the presents and started focusing on presence with each other. It has been a great experience and one I hope will always continue in our family. Jessie has our causes picked out for this year. So instead of a Christmas tree with all the decorations we are taking that money and giving it to Joni and Friends for someone who needs a wheelchair in a third world country. Advent jars are on the center of our table to remind us  to throw money in for the a21 Campaign because they rescue children from illegal sex trade. Eat Art is another cause we are giving to because they can feed an incredible amount of people for very little money.

It is a different feeling when you are no longer a part of the big consumerism of Christmas, actually it is freeing! I still shop a lot! Do you want to know where I have been shopping during this holiday season? At the outdoor farmers market and LOVING it! Here are a few tips on how to shop at farmers markets.

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Bring cash (or a wealthy friend)

Bring your own reusable shopping bags  (or you will walk away with enough plastic to stock an entire store)

Let what is in season plan your menus, the veggies will be our main course and then I hit Sprouts and Trader Joes for the other organic items.

Get to know your local farmer by frequently visiting their stand. They will tell you about their farm and the more you learn the better you will feel about your choice to buy from them.

I have a grape girl, a potato guy, a broccoli and onion guy, etc… It’s AWESOME! Sometimes they give me free produce and I am hearing, “For you it will only cost…” Why would this farmer give me a discount without asking for one? I believe it’s because he sees me as part of the community. I love this community!

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The best gift you can give your family is health. Shopping from local farmers will improve your family’s wellness. Wisdom is personified in Proverbs as having fruit that is better than gold. That shows me that health is wealth! If we are wise we will eat right.

I hope your Christmas is amazing and that you will enjoy the presence of your family around your dinner table. I feel so blessed during this season to be right now raw.


2 thoughts on “Tis the Season to Shop

  1. I love this article Pat! We’re slowly moving towards that philosophy in our family as well. Less consumerism and more of our presence with friends and family. We hope you have the most blessed Christmas! Love you!

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