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I appreciate your post and am experiencing some scrooge-like feelings this holiday and with what Wayne Muller calls "The Gospel of Consumption." Your reference to clean underwear, etc. made me recall my son's Eagle Project. He collected like new clothing for the neighborhood children in our community but purchased brand new under garments and socks. He thought of himself and said "I would want new underwear and socks." To me, heaven and earth came together that day.