We love the spirit of Christmas — spending time with family and taking time to give each person in our lives a meaningful gift to show how we appreciate them. As the days become short and winter holds us in its grip, there is nothing better than big feasts with family and friends and huddling by the fire. Fundamentally it is about generosity, gratitude and appreciation. However, there is a darker side of Christmas — the commercialism, the out of control consumption, the spectacular waste generation, and the lack of authenticity. Nonetheless, we would rather adapt our rituals for an authentic, thoughtful Christmas, than throw the baby out with the bath water.