As Thanksgiving approaches, most Americans plan to gather with family and friends. For many of us, the upcoming holidays are a wonderful and highly anticipated time to connect with loved ones, express our gratitude for the abundance in our lives and indulge in excess — both in what we eat and drink, and in what we buy.
Collectively, Americans will spend $616 billion dollars on often unnecessary and sometimes even unwanted “stuff” for family and friends. In fact, research shows that 70 percent of Americans would welcome less emphasis on gift-giving and spending. …
There are thoughtful alternatives to holiday overconsumption.
What if, instead of walking away from the Thanksgiving table this year uncomfortably stuffed, we consciously cooked, ate and wasted less — and donated the difference to charity?