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31 January 2017

Why My Family Turns Our Christmas Tree Into A Political Statement

By Emanuel Martinez By Frida Berrigan for Waging Nonviolence – I picked up a call from an unfamiliar local number. It was someone organizing to give toys to needy families. “We picked your family,” she said happily. I stumbled and stuttered over myself a little as I tried to be gracious while also clear: We do not need or want the beautifully wrapped, ready-made Christmas morning her group had envisioned for our kids. “Thank you so much for thinking of us, but we try to downplay the whole presents part of Christmas,” I managed. “But I know there are lots of people who would really appreciate your generosity.” The whole presents part of Christmas kind of seems like the biggest part of it, right?

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