Hi, Sara here. Seasons greetings!
It has been a rough year, but I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that. Christmas and other holiday gatherings are being cancelled in order to help stop the spread of COVID 19. It’s unfortunate that we cannot visit our loved ones this year. I would normally travel back to Ohio, but will be stuck here in South Philly instead.
The one thing everyone wants this year is just to see their friends and families. Wouldn’t we all gladly forgo physical gifts if it meant being able to spend time with loved ones?
Years ago I gave up gift-giving for the holidays. It is extremely wasteful and bad for the planet. Household waste increases by 25% over the holiday season. We spend $12 BILLION dollars (that is not a typo) just on gift wrapping supplies that are destined for the trash. By comparison, the annual EPA budget is $9 billion dollars. Five billion pounds of returned gifts end up in landfills because many gifts were not really desired in the first place. Even gift cards are wasteful, with $21 billion dollars worth going unused and unspent in the US alone. Imagine if that was donated to non-profits fighting climate change instead.
Living through the COVID crisis has made us aware of how precious our time is with friends and family. It’s better than any toy or sweater or gadget you could give.
‘Tis the season for sentimental platitudes, so with that in mind I say this: Love is the best gift. Santa agrees. He visited me in South Philly to make this film.
Happy Holidays! Stay safe and be well.