The Permaculture Podcast

    Episode 1554: What about Christmas? with Ethan Hughes

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    This episode is a permabyte with Ethan Hughes.

    In this conversation, that arises from a listener question posed by Amelia, Ethan shares ways that we can transform our holiday experience from a consumption driven exchange, to one where gifts are given based on need or in service to others. He also stresses the importance of communication so that we can create new traditions that honor ourselves and the perspectives of our loved ones.

    Hearing what Ethan shared with us, how will you transform your holidays? What new traditions will you create? What conversations will you have to have to make this happen?

    I want to hear from you. Leave a comment in the show notes here, or get in touch with me directly. Call: 717-827-6266 or email:

    Also, if you haven’t heard already, Ethan and I are writing a book together, called The Possibility Handbook: A Toolkit for Transformation. To support the creation of this book, I’m running a listener exclusive crowdfunding campaign. By pledging your support now you can receive early access to the the manuscript as it is written, hear the audio we record that serves as the basis for the book, and view pictures and video taken at The Possibility Alliance. If we can raise $5,000 I’ll head to The Possibility Alliance January 16 – 23, 2016 to begin recording. Find out more, including the topics we’ll cover, at

    Until the next time, spend each day creating the world you want to live in by taking care of Earth, yourself, and each other.

    1 Comment

    1. AmeliaAmelia
      December 16, 2015    

      Awesome advice, thanks! One thing we are doing differently this year is that we made specific requests of the family to give the kids snow pants and mittens for Christmas instead of presents. Also, we are going to fill a pinata with healthy snacks and have that be a fun activity to do together.
      One key element that I see in Ethan’s successful approaches in relating with his family about Christmas is his positive energy and willingness to be vulnerable. Thanks for blazing the trail, Ethan!

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