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Red and Green

Let’s celebrate red-letter days in a green way
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - December 2, 2010
By: Sheila Lim
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Red and Green

Whenever Christmas Day approaches, I become very religious – about going green. I’ll take pains to go in search of gifts that would be valued by their recipients, or at least be of some use to them (but it’s beyond my control whether they think so or not!). I’ll also pray fervently that I will not receive gifts for which I have no use and have to find ways to recycle afterwards.

Like most red-letter occasions, Christmas has become more of a gift-exchanging exercise than anything else. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it gets us into the spirit of giving. It gives us the chance to express our appreciation for one another, and to spread love, goodwill and cheer around, particularly to charitable organisations which certainly need all the gifts, donations and help they can get.   

When it comes to gift-giving, they say that “it’s the thought that counts”, but in a world that’s waking up to the frightening effects of global warming and climate changes, what really counts is how much thought we put into the things we choose to procure as gifts.

If we bother to adopt a “waste not, want not” rather than “it’s the thought that counts” mentality towards gift-giving, it would ultimately add up to giving everyone on Earth the best gift of all – an inhabitable home.


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