Buy Little, Buy Small

The first snow of the season fell around us in Saint Paul, a wet gloppy snow that froze into a slick shield of ice.  The city pulled in tight around itself as driving became an ordeal, knuckles tight and eyes wide and everything as white as the world itself.  A week and a season defined by rush-rush and shopping started with a moment apart from the world made for hot cocoa.

Perhaps nature was telling us something.

This is the week that starts with a great American holiday but ends with an orgy of spending and crowds for many people.  But it can instead be one long holiday, one celebration of what really counts in our lives – family and community.  After Thanksgiving there is Buy Nothing Day, followed closely by a little light shopping on Small Business Saturday.  Together they make a holiday which is more meaningful and bright.

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