So this week (and throughout the series) we're talking fair trade. There are a million different ways to define 'fair trade', but let me tell you what it means to me and why we're talking about it on an adoption blog. I believe that a huge population of children are orphaned because of poverty. Poverty is what deprives someone of a chance. I imagine the birth moms of most of our children would have chosen dignified work to relinquishing their children if they had the choice. Well, we have an opportunity to 'vote' with our dollar bills, if you will. To tell Pottery Barn and Target and all those other fun places we enjoy shopping at, that we want our dollars to make a difference. For me, fair trade means that someone was given a decent wage and work environment, and thus a chance at improving their lives themselves, and that no one was harmed in the making of my junk.
So with all that heavy talk, let me just kick off by saying that we're going to spend the money anyway. Unless you're not, in which case, I applaud you and that's a totally different post. This one is for people who want to modify, not overhaul, their Christmas. Let's start with decorations! You have to get the good ones early, ya know.
First up, these adorable African huts from Crate and Barrel, made in Kenya. They are so cute you could easily use them year-round.
We have supported the Mercy House in Kenya before. Here's one more way.
These sweet ornaments are a great way to commemorate a first Christmas home or a 'waiting' Christmas, and they support the Wallace family adoption. I don't know if that counts as fair trade, I'm totally not getting that technical, but it helps out one of our Mamas.
Leave comments if you've found any awesome decorations that will do more good than harm.