When my daughter was celebrating her seventh birthday this summer, we sent out this message to the guests: “Dear birthday guests! I want something used, something you don't use anymore yourself. And not plastic. Looking forward to seeing you. Greetings Lucia»
A similar wish would have been almost unthinkable in my own childhood in the 1980s. I watched excitedly as she opened the presents: a dented box of change, a slightly worn teddy bear, a book with donkey ears, heirloom clothes – but she was just as happy as for brand new things. Wrapping paper and packaging only filled a small garbage bag, and I thought that hopefully soon this will be the norm. . .
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