A Busy Little Elf

Did you shop differently this year?

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So, are you ready? The headlong rush to Christmas is almost over, and I hope you're all reading this with feet propped up, lights twinkling, and a mug of something warm (and spiked, if you so choose). Or, if you're at work today and tomorrow's just an extra day off for you, I hope you're looking forward to something relaxing — a movie, maybe (though it looks like Walk Hard may be a dud, if you're pining for boots and pearl button shirts, I cannot recommend No Country for Old Men highly enough). I somehow managed to get all my shopping and wrapping done by yesterday afternoon, much earlier than usual... makes today feel positively leisurely, since I know I don't have to dash home after work to tangle with ribbons and tape. You know who's not so lucky? Ron Voake. He makes wooden toys in Norwich, Vermont, and with every news flash about poisoned toys out of China, his business has received more orders, adding up to what he calls a "preposterous" year (the likes of which he hopes to never see again). I'd been wondering about just that — if the problems with Chinese exports would have a perceptible affect on Christmas shopping habits — and this, an anecdotal story, isn't conclusive. So how did you shop for kids this year? Did you check the "Made In" label on your gifts?

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Re: Teen Preganacy (12/24/07)
I ran support classes for PG teens and teen parents for my school district for 15 years (Of my 37 year career in education)and continue to give Sexual Decision Making Presentations to teens more than 15 years later. I believe the reason adoption is not a viable option for pg teens is a result of the language adults and the media uses when talking about adoption. Society inevitably uses the term "give up" when talking about adoption. "Giving up" implies that girls who choose adoption don't care about their children and don't want to be inconvenienced by an unplanned pregnancy.

My experience however is just the opposite. I learned from a young mom named Marcy more than 20 years ago that the correct terminology is "placement". Marcy understood that at age 18 she wasn't ready to be a mom and after 5 months doing all that she could to be the best mom she could be, she chose to work with an adoption agency to place her baby with the best family she could find to care for her son for the next 18 years. It wasn't that she didn't care; the fact is that she cared enough to make the supreme sacrifice . . . and it was her hope to at some time in the future to meet her son and perhaps have a relationship.

Girls who "place" their babies for adoption are some of the most couragous people I have ever met in my life and I belive we owe it to them, the children they place and to future young women and the children they will bear to get the terminology correct. The correct terminology is: abort parent or "place" (in someone else's care) . . . never, ever "give-up". Until we all begin use the correct terminology "adoption" will never be a viable option for pregnant teens.

Sent by jim Harbaugh | 3:36 PM | 12-24-2007