We all know that most of us have enough stuff. (Certainly not all persons living in Bellingham, but most.) We also know that in our culture Christmas is a time to show affection and care by giving gifts. This creates a bit of a conundrum: we want to give gifts, but gifts aren't really necessary. The result is the perpetuation/entrenchment of consumerism, while keeping a large number of foreign workers in semi- or full slavery to satisfy our desires for "stuff".
There must be other ways to celebrate the birth of Christ, our love for others, and exercise generosity.
This December 8th we're going to give it a shot by hosting an evening of companionship, and creativity. We'll have materials available to make inexpensive hand-made Christmas gifts, as well as baking supplies for cookies and such.
There are no expectations upon anyone who comes. You don't have to make masterpieces. You don't even have to try making anything! You can simply come, enjoy a hot beverage, great conversation, listen to Christmas music, and watch the activities.
If you do make some items to take home, it'll be possible to make a donation to cover some of the cost of materials.
Location is that the RE Store - the second floor, at the back of the building. We'll start at 6:30 and go until we feel like wrapping it up (get it?).