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Reflect On Your Values Before Holiday Shopping, Says Lane County Recycling Expert

As shoppers head out to snatch up Black Friday deals, one Lane County Recycling expert suggests reflecting on how you feel about last year's holidays before making purchases.

Kelly Bell leads Lane County's Master Recycler Program. She found a values worksheet on a parenting blog that has you ask yourself questions about last year's holiday season. What stresses did you face? Did you have too many activities on your calendar? And Bell's favorite:

Bell: "Did inappropriate influences enter your home last year? Were décor, clothing or gift buying decisions influenced by competiveness or insecurity? Did the pace of the season affect family closeness or values?"

Bell says it doesn't mean a complete blackout on shopping; just finding other ways of showing loved ones you care. She suggests volunteering together, getting someone a membership or a coupon book for helpful services and activities that can make lasting memories.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
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