It’s Christmas! Holy cow. Actually, at this point, Christmas is closer to being over than starting – and we Spinachheads could hardly leave you all with a Christmas without some greens. Trust me, I’m in a food coma as well, so this isn’t going to be long – but we wanted to make sure that you all have a wonderful, delicious, and relaxing holiday, whether you’re celebrating Christmas or any other wintry festivities.
Now, I know you’re all thinking, “this is an environmental blog? What does Christmas have to do with that?” And, the last time I preemptively posed that semi-rhetorical question, I responded to myself with “nothing.” But this time, it’s actually the holiday, and after a few glasses of wine and a truly remarkable amount chocolate, I feel a bit more like waxing philosophical. (Oh, boy for you!)
No, seriously. Christmas in the strictest sense doesn’t have anything to do with the environment, per se, but it does have a whole lot to do with life. December has always been the most warm-and-fuzzy month of the year, in my opinion. It’s a season when people throw around words like “peace” and “home” and “good will towards men.” There is plenty of evidence that most people are too busy shopping for annoying relatives whist attempting to not gain weight to stop and think, but for those who aren’t, there’s plenty to reflect on as the year winds down. During the holidays, we try to enjoy ourselves – we spoil those we love with presents, we eat and drink (more excessively than normal, that is – we all always eat and drink), we celebrate, we gather with friends and family and coworkers and whatever the heck else it is. For what reason? The birth of Christ, yes, but if you don’t happen to be Christian, it becomes a holiday that is more about giving and loving and finding the joy in being.
Which has nothing to do with trees, air quality, oil pipelines, government appropriations, plastic water bottles, or any of the other things that we environmental-types like to go flapping on and on about.
Or does it? You see, it does have to do with one thing that is very fundamental, and very much worth mentioning: all of us want our families, our friends, and our loved ones to enjoy the very best quality of life possible. And that, dear friends, is what it’s really all about. The environment carries not only the intrinsic value of nature itself (scenery and fuzzy animals), but is itself a resource which provides us with the most valuable thing on Earth, which is the ability to enjoy life – to have our basic needs met in a way that allows us to grow, to live healthfully, and to live rather than to survive.
So: Merry Christmas. Go hug your uncle. Or your dog. Or your mother. Or maybe, just go into your kitchen, and turn on the light, and pour yourself a big glass of egg nog, and think about how lucky we are to have the resources we take for granted every day. Then eat some spinach, and get ready, because starting tomorrow….we’re back to the real spinach.
Pam, Kara, & Dan