Un-Paving Paradise

A Nifty Thrifty, Eco-friendly, Ethical Christmas?

As regular readers know, I’m currently studying International Development. This has included a module on the Environment. I have been genuinely shocked to realise how much of my culture is driven by greed, and how this influences all of us until we don’t even realise that we ‘worship’ the great god of Consumerism. Maybe that’s where the prosperity gospel comes from? It replaces Christ with culture. Even those of us who don’t subscribe to a prosperity gospel often care more about ‘stuff’ than God.


So? I hear you ask. It’s no good just moaning about it! Well, as part of our response to this, the King family is experimenting. We’re going for an environmentally-friendly, ethical Christmas celebration, which I hope to blog about (health permitting). It is quite disgusting, when you think about it, that we celebrate the arrival of our Saviour with ‘things’ – and these are often ‘things’ we don’t need which rip off poor people and destroy the planet. 21st century western Christmas celebrations are not all twinkly and sparkly and bright. They’re a lie – a perversion. Literally. The birth of our Saviour, born into poverty, choosing to lead a life of poverty – is flipped upside down when we measure it in glitter and gluttony and a forest-worth of wrapping paper.


We’re not banning Father Christmas – I think that’s a step too far. The children all know it’s a special game that we play but, this year, each part of our Christmas will have been thought through, and lessons learned for next year. As part of my studies I have learned to question the origin of everything I buy:

How did it get here?

Who made it?

Has it been used before/recycled?

How far has it travelled before I got it?

If it’s new, was the worker who made it paid properly?

Will you follow our story as we attempt our thrifty-eco-ethical Christmas?


“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know” – William Wilberforce