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You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch!

There are a lot of Grinches that appear around this time of year. You know who they are, the people who scowl at the neighbor who lights up his lawn, who takes the joy out of gift giving by talking about the horrors of consumerism and who guilt trip you about the excess fossil-fuels/paper/live tree you are using in an attempt to share your cheer.

However, I have noticed that few of the Grinches actually take action beyond ranting at everyone who dares to enjoy the holiday season. A friend of mine has a policy, whereby if you choose to be “against” an action/belief/lifestyle you must be willing to act out your words to be honestly committed to your opinion. I find this to be a personal challenge myself and and by no means perfect at this practice, but I would like to put out this challenge to ALL the Grinches out there!

Take the actions to back your words.

Perhaps that means hand-making all your gifts to avoid the cringe-worthy consumerism of the season. Or offer to set up a carpool for the neighbors to get together and share a ride to look at the neighborhood lights to save on gas. Feel like being “forced” to take Christmas off is a violation of church and state? Offer to work at a local homeless shelter or restaurant handing out food and presents and put all that horrible time off to good use!


The fact is that the time around Christmas HAS become ridiculously commercialized and yes, it is pushed down out throats starting after Halloween. But when all is said and done the family time is priceless. I will be seeing my 9 (future) nieces and nephews in a week and that is what this time of year is about. It is what makes the flight to New York two days before Christmas worth the insanity that is airline travel and it somehow is even magical enough to make the mall bearable!

Honestly,what part of our everyday lives are not already, to some extent, affected by these same issues? Everyday we are blasted with advertising for stuff we don’t need but are told we want and ,let’s be frank, often end up purchasing… iPhones anyone? We attend or watch major sporting events, concerts, tv shows, movies that ALL use massive amounts of fossil fuels and other resources that could be put to much better use.

Do we NEED yoga on our iPhone....No. But we like it!

Lastly, a persons feelings regarding Christmas is a personal choice. Just like being vegan, atheist, Republican or a Grinch, the personal choice should be shown through practicing the lifestyle, not spreading anger and demands that everyone see the world from the same negative perspective the Grinch is famous for! Why not take a breath and enjoy the holidays for what the positive aspects?


The best present is getting to see these cuties!

Personally, I am giving some handmade gifts. I had a few handmade fresh-fir swags to decorate and hang around the house instead of a tree (can’t resist the smell of fresh pine in the house) and re-used as much wrapping paper as possible. Small steps but ones that I am able to do at the moment to try to stay as true to my convictions as possible while allowing myself to enjoy the holiday season with those around me.

And with that, Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!


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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: I don’t care how it happened, I just want it fixed. ~AlpineLily Blog

I don’t care WHY the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill happened.

I don’t care who it to blame, who didn’t do their job or who paid to get permits passed.

I just want it fixed.

I want the uncontrollable leak to be plugged. I want the massive oil slick contained.

I want the animals who do not have a voice in the off-shore drilling debate to be protected from the oil.

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Help our furry friends living in animal shelters across the country by purchasing these Animal Rescue Stamps from the postal service.

My lovable Labrador-mix was adopted from the Boulder Valley Humane Society after starting life on the streets in horrible conditions that NO animal deserves so this is a cause very dear to my heart.

Rayleigh is a Black Lab-Mix who was born on streets and lived a hard-knock life until rescued by the Boulder Valley Humane Society. She now lives a very pampered life in Boulder where she enjoys chasing squirrels and teaching her little brother Dante how to get away with puppy mischief.

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Welcome To AlpineLily Blog!

Aspiring to fight apathy and inspire awareness of social issues through enlightened thought and educated opinions.

~AlpineLily Blog~ is a brand new project that is hoping to grow into a lifestyle! If you would like to contribute please contact us, and as always, please give us suggestions for topics you are interested in!

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