When it comes to telling a Christmas story, former reality television star Kate Gosselin sounds more like the Whoville mayor than the Grinch. In a new blog post titled "Decking the Halls with the Gosselins" posted December 12th, 2011, the celebrity mom shared her secret formula for surviving the Holidays with 8 kids: feed them sugar and buy them gifts.
That's right... please don't shoot the messenger. She really put her foot in her mouth this year. While her fan base are struggling to keep their heads above water in the deep economic crisis, she's bragging not only about how much her family has -- she's also dishing dirt about how much they are pitching out.
This is talking full on Jim Carrey nemesis' actor Jeffrey Tambor, the mayor of Whoville, who would go to any length to impress Martha May Whovier, played by actress Christina Baranski, in Ron Howard's rendition of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
Because while the celebrated public figure she resembles was greedy and materialistic in tone, his grouchy green foe -- a staunch opponent of holiday gluttony -- was busy re-using, repurposing, and recycling trash into treasure for his home.
Kate proudly announced on her coupon blog, "Following our mass gift opening, I know that once again this year I'll sit on the floor for 4+ hours unpacking toys and installing batteries. I am not exaggerating! My 'hiney' is sore by the time the last toy has been freed from its packaging prison. That is the biggest dread of Christmas with 8 kids... and the trash that fills the entire entryway of our house. For this reason, on post-Christmas trash day, I always place containers of baked goods out by the trashcans for our ever kind and helpful trash men."
Kate is a blogger for Coupon Cabin, a website that is supposed to be about saving money. While she does allude to wrapping big presents for her children first then saving the bits of paper remnants to, "fill 8 stockings to the brim with wrapped gifts..." (thereby saving gift wrap), her over the top remarks bragging about how much overconsumption goes on in her home could certainly rub any eco-friendly person the wrong way who read about it.
Why isn't Kate Gosselin saving excess wrapping paper, ribbon, cardboard, and Christmas card scraps to do art projects with her children? Better yet, with 8 kids consuming resources on the planet why hasn't she invested in having each of her children make a special set of reusable Christmas gif boxes to re-use or repurpose throughout the year? And why in the world isn't she encouraging her kids to do a gift exchange with one another -- where they can swap items that have personal meaning to them? Or perhaps toting the kiddies down to the local homeless shelter to share some of their spoils with kids less fortunate than themselves?
In a world where the meaning of the Holiday Season is often lost somewhere between the shopping mall line while waiting to see Santa Claus and all the Walmart inspired tinsel and tin, it would be nice to see a celebrity mom who actually cared about raising less greedy or materialistic kids.
For that reason, Kate Gosselin might get better press (at least from the red-faced green crowd) if she acted like the Grinch: reducing, re-using, and repurposing all the items she's bragging about having hauled off to the landfill.
Just a friendly holiday news suggestion for the Grinchy woman who signs her blog posts "K8".