This is hopefully the last time I mention this subject for at least 11 months. As you may recall, I sent an email to my friends and relatives that read as follows:
As some of you know, I’ve been doing some thinking recently about Christmas gifts. The truth is, I’ve got everything I need. Furthermore, I can’t speak for everyone, but I find Christmas shopping a pretty heinous experience.
So, this year, here’s what I propose: If you haven’t already bought me a Christmas present, please take whatever money you were going to spend on me and donate it to my charity of choice, the David Suzuki Foundation. If nobody minds, I’d like to do likewise for the charity of your choice. Please let me know what that charity is, and I’ll start writing cheques. Merry Christmas!
Unexpectedly, I caught plenty of flak for this from the older generation. However, I’m pleased to report that (aside from a cool vintage movie poster from my wife), I walked away from most Christmas gatherings with only a stack of cards to show for it. Likewise, most of the people on my list picked charities for me to give to. They ranged from Botswanan bushmen to the Salvation Army. Nice one.