January 9, 2014
Day Nine of "The Great 365 Day
Purge of 2014"
I have in front of me fifteen "candles"
- white plastic tubes screwed into gold plastic bases: made-in-China
products that every year I set in the windows to celebrate Christmas.
Based upon this year's performance, each candle chews through two
double-A batteries and a bulb in less than a week, even if I go from
window to window unscrewing the bulbs every morning.
Assuming I use those candles for three
weeks a year, I could easily go through ninety batteries a season.
After ten years of such use, my family will have used nine hundred
I unscrew the candles, shake out the
batteries. These and the bulbs will go to my local recycling
I have no idea what will happen to
these batteries; these bulbs. Will they, indeed, be recycled? Or will
they join the thousands of other things I have thoughtlessly placed
in the landfill?
Sure, I could buy the rechargeable
batteries and plug in my charger, but I have a better idea. Next
year, these candles will not brighten my windows.
I will miss these candles, for sure. I
love the way they look at night. But I can't justify the waste that
goes into their use.
I put the candles in the giveaway box,
hoping that this small spark will fan the flames of revolution in my
I don't need plastic candles to
I don't need tinsel and wrapping paper
and endless rolls of tape.
Celebrating Christmas requires no
expense, no decorations, no endless, frazzled shopping.
All I need to celebrate Christmas is my
family. A bit of time for reflection. A stack of books to read and
ponder. Endless boardgames and mugs of tea with my husband and
I don't celebrate Christmas to grow the
I celebrate to grow my heart.
Kelly Garriott Waite on Google+
Labels: Consumption, Great 365 Day Purge, Resolutions 2014