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dVerse — haibun — Polar beginning

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Our family has been talking about toning down the materialism of Christmas for awhile. This year we did it. We traditionally have used amazon wishlists to ensure the gifts are wanted/needed. Older son put a total of one item on his list, which solidified the beginning of the new way.

The gifts I bought them were few, inexpensive, and were from fundraisers for charitable groups. They bought me art and growing supplies, as well as a pandora radio subscription (from older son) and membership to Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (from younger son.)

applies only to things —
Season’s love boundless


Bjorn is today’s host of dVerse.  Bjorn says:
There are those days which feels more like beginnings than others, and how endings are often followed by new beginnings, and how we sometimes need with a housecleaning to feel a beginning.

Season’s may end when another begins.
After a break work may resume again.
Every painting starts with a blank canvas.

So for today, I would like you to write a haibun about any beginning, it could be the start of a journey, a new year’s resolution, the planting of seeds or simply the dawn of yet another day.

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49 thoughts on “dVerse — haibun — Polar beginning

  1. I only bought presents for my grandson and husband. I sent a small food hamper to my daughter and her husband to help out with food and drink. I agree that there is too much materialism at Christmas, and that the main thing is being together and loving each other. The fact that you did it as a family speaks volumes, Jade.

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    1. It makes the season so much more pleasant without a mad rush to buy lots for everyone. Sounds like you’re at minimalism also with the gifts, but your love for your grandson shines through. I commend my older son for pushing over the first domino.

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  2. We didn’t have a Christmas this year. I like that you kept your holiday minimalist. We have done that for years and to be honest, I don’t miss all the bought stuff. Good for you. This is the first year in a while I have not helped serve at the food kitchen.

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  3. I love your message. For us, the grandchildren got a few presents, but the adults got very few. The family gathering was the greatest gift of all, indeed. Your haiku is perfection.

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  4. We’ve taken a minimalist approach as well, concentrating on the true meaning of the holiday. This year was bittersweet with 3 funerals coming in rapid succession.

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  5. creativity in gift giving, wrapping and sometimes locating the gift is part of my family’s celebration, nothing expensive but a lot of thought and care. Your haiku holds so much meaning.

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  6. A beautiful haiku Lisa, and it’s lovely you’ve toned down the material side of Christmas this year. We haven’t exchanged material gifts for years and enjoy treating each other to a nice walk, a lovingly prepared meal and creating happy memories xxx

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  7. LOVE the idea of simplifying. Did you know there is actually a magazine called Simplicity…about simplifying our lives. Seems a bit of an oxymoron…a corporate magazine trying to get us to be less corporate and materialistic but there you go. You’ve spurred me on in terms of an idea I recently had about next year’s Christmas in our family….and that is to only gift with second-hand gifts. Either from a thrift store or from our own home.
    I’ve also learned through my grandchildren….that today, many parents are saying “no gifts” for children’s birthday parties recognizing that kids have so many “things.”

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    1. Lillian, glad to hear simplicity is being promoted by corporate America, which is rather strange. Maybe they are shifting to electronic commodities? Whatever means less throwaway, plastic items in the world. My younger son and his wife have given me a lot of 2nd hand gifts from thrift stores, and they are by far my favorites. The quality of new items often just isn’t there anymore. I am ecstatic to hear parents of young ones saying “no gifts.” I do think there is a connection between that and kids having cell phones, which has a world within them. I don’t think kids would put up with “no gifts” if they didn’t have a cell phone these days. BTW I hate cell phones for kids!


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