Okay, so I really, really wanted to imagine things differently when it comes to where my Christmas decorations come from…in fact, a little piece of me hesitated to share this article with you, but since I am just driving along the information highway, it seemed wrong not to snap a picture.
Here goes nothing: Likely, most of those precious little ornaments, strings of lights, etc. don’t come from tinsel town–they come from China…where someone, covered head to toe in red paint has spent day after day dipping them, powder-coating them, and wrapping them up for us to buy and hang cheerfully on our trees, mantle, or whatever. The workers are paid a pittance, and most of them don’t have a clue what Christmas is exactly.
I’ll tell ya, consumerism in reality is not as glittery as the picture of elves up North picture I would rather have in my head. If this doesn’t make you want to put that red flocked ornament back on the shelf, I don’t know what will. As for me, I think I’ll hit up Etsy for handmade decorations instead. I’ll support my local economy AND hopefully, get something that was a labor of love, and not inhaled red dye.
Ho, Ho, Ho