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Simplifying Fall Festivals

Posted on: September 22, 2013

937-Cut Credit CardAlternatives produced a big resource for simplifying celebrations, such as Thanksgiving, Halloween and Advent.

Treasury of Celebrations is the last edition of a long-standing Alternatives staple, The Alternate Celebrations Catalog.

This last edition, a compilation of the six earlier editions, is called Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth (published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake, BC, Canada, best known for its Season of Creation curriculum).

QUICK OVERVIEW: Treasury of Celebrations

Part 1: Making Choices
• Simple Living
• Gift Giving
• Food and Celebration
• Getting Started

Part 2: Gifts

Part 3: Celebrations – Rites of Passage, like birthdays and weddings

WinterSpring and Summer celebrations

In the fall, September-December:

• Labor Day
• Autumn begins
• Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year)
• Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
• Sukkot (Festival of Booths)
• Thanksgiving
• World Food Day
• United Nations Day
• Halloween
• Remembrance Day: see Memorial Day
• Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication)



10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations
Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop
How to Organize an Alternative Christmas Community Festival
UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop Leader’s Guide

Alternatives’ Legacy Resource: Voluntary Simplicity Study/Action Guide also deals primarily with celebrations.

Read a few articles that might be helpful to you, your family and your congregation or group, all FREE and complete.

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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

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