I remember vividly what each of my family members got me for Christmas last year because it was my first Plastic-Free Christmas, but I have absolutely no idea what I got the year before.
That's partly why I bought most of my family tickets for the Mary Poppins musical. It will be fun to go out for a night on the town together, and it's an experience we'll remember for a long time—possibly for the rest of our lives.
For the family members that don't live in the area or are too young to go to the theater, I bought a few regular presents. I got my sister a guitar strap made by the Chicago-based company, Souldier, and I got my niece and nephew clothes and books. I also got my niece a little monkey doll, which was one of the few gifts I gave or received with plastic on it (the doll was so cute, I couldn't resist).
I wrapped all of these presents using Furoshiki, which you can see above, and got several compliments from the family.
It was a great Christmas. My family got me many nice things, most of which were plastic-free, and since I gave almost everyone theater tickets, it was pretty easy for me to go plastic-free this Christmas, too.
Of course, Christmas was great for reasons other than the gifts. I spent days on end with my family talking, making jokes, and laughing.
But that's how get-togethers usually are with my family, which means I probably won't remember this particular holiday experience forever. Instead, it will just blur together with all of the other wonderful memories I have of my family.
They're a great bunch.