The living room was covered with beadwork, purses, and other woven items. I helped Felipe and Maria put price tags on things in preparation for Fair Trade sales this holiday season. I noticed a weaving that Maria made last year. It hadn't sold. I have always loved it and so I bought it. There it is above. It is on my altar now.
It was really nice to see them. We talked about what we were all doing for Thansgiving and I said if they didn't have plans they were welcome to come over to my place. I love cooking on Thanksgiving and I love being around people that I care about who don't mind coming to my very small but comfortable home to celebrate. Later, I invited my neighbor and her two boys to come over too. It will be a squeeze, but I like spatial puzzles.
The day after Thanksgiving, by the way, is Buy Nothing Day. Even though I can be quite the consumer, I do like refraining from participating in the madness this day and through out the holiday season. I personally try to shop fair trade as much as possible and I also like to give donations in people's names instead of gifts. I like the idea of knowing that we are helping a young girl in Guatemala go to school or a local homeless shelter prepare more meals during these cold months. I think this is much more meaningful than one more gadget someone doesn't need or want.