Life Arts

Four Easy, Last Minute Ways to Occupy Your Holiday

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Inspiring 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 12/18/11

Become a Fan
  (66 fans)


Occupy the Holidays by Meryl Ann Butler

The definitive gift for the season, Sudecon Decontamination Wipes (which drastically improve recovery time from exposure to pepper spray, CN and CS gasses) was sold out last time I looked, so the Holiday Occupier will have to get creative with gift ideas.


Sudecon Decontamination Wipes by www.defensedevices.com

Here are my Top Four Last Minute Occupy-the-Holiday suggestions:

1. For double duty gifting, purchase gift certificates from local small businesses - supporting the business is a gift in itself. Think services such as massage, auto detailing, manicure and spa services, consulting services of various kinds, a class in salsa, cooking or painting. Purchase gift certificates to local retail stores such as your community bookstore (including used book stores), mom and pop stores like quilt shops, music stores, etc. Purchase foodie gift certificates to locally owned restaurants, delis or health food stores.


Gift Certificate by Meryl Ann Butler

2. Purchase music CDs or downloads from artists who support the Occupy movement, like Makana, who, with some trepidation, wore an "Occupy with Aloha" T-shirt as he sang his political protest song, "We Are The Many" at a Honolulu dinner attended by President Obama and leaders of 18 other nations.   Buy from an artists' own site or from CB Baby where they make more on their music than other outlets. For a list of musicians, see www.occupymusicians.com


Occupy Musicians by www.occupymusicians.com

3. Support the arts if you feel that they enrich your life. Take a loved one to a cultural event as your gift, while you support local community theater and concerts. Or purchase an item at one of the many "small-arts/crafts-for-sale-for-the-holidays" events. Give a gift of art or craft supplies: arts and crafts activities relieve stress and enhance creativity, and we need both to move the Occupy Movement forward. It's usually art and artists that save the world, so we need to cultivate more of them. Einstein famously said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them," and that is the perfect reason to encourage creativity.

 
Arts-related holiday tree at the Selden Arcade, Norfolk VA by Meryl Ann Butler

4. For every item of Union and American-made cold weather gear you buy, Firedoglake will donate an identical item to an Occupier in need. It's the perfect gift for the activist friend or family member - and an easy way to support the Occupy movement at the same time. You can even "Occupy the North Pole" by donating your entire cart to an occupation. (Already, 100% of the money raised so far by the Occupy Supply fund has gone towards purchasing and shipping over 9,000 items to occupations across the country to help them get through the winter.) http://shop.occupy-supply.com/storefront.aspx


Merino Wool Socks by www.shop.occupy-supply.com

'Tis the season to Occupy, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

RESOURCES

-Sudecon Decontamination Wipes www.defensedevices.com/suddecwip.html (accessed Dec 12 2011)

-Get a free download of "We Are the Many" from Makana at http://makanamusic.com/

 

http://www.merylannbutler.com

Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Bizarre Theft of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski's Miracle Cancer Cure

Mysterious Bayou Sinkhole Continues to Cave In: Radiation, Hydrocarbons Detected

Relentless Bayou Corne Sinkhole Nearly 30 Times Original Size (UPDATED with Cave-In Video)

Sex, Love, and Jesus: A Few Surprises in the Easter Basket

2012: Armageddon or Quantum Leap? Gregg Braden's Answer-Fractal Time

California Fire Update: Station Fire 1:30 pm, Pacific Time 8-28-09

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Love this, Meryl Ann!  Thank you for remindin... by Lise Stoessel on Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 at 8:35:17 AM
yes, it's rewarding to find a way to satisfy lots ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 at 10:54:01 AM