Holiday Guide 2007 

Santa's driving a Prius this year, folks. And Prancer will just have to get over it.
Santa's driving a Prius this year, folks. And Prancer will just have to get over it. Meanwhile, who are we to buck the fat guy? We know who stuffs our stockings (recycled from plastics and hand-made by South American artisans, of course) with organic soap and whatnot. So it being the season and all, your devoted Scene clan set out to pen a collection of pieces that embraces green guilt. Call it the carbon-offset, anti-consumerism Holiday Guide. Food critic Carrington Fox all but Dumpster-dives for a holiday feast; music editor Tracy Moore talks to currency-challenged band dudes about meaningful giving that doesn’t hit the wallet or the mall; a tall, prickly contributor—a stiff kind of guy, really—gets all sappy about tree killing; writer Lee Stabert, a self-described smug Jew, stakes Hanukkah’s claim as the original green holiday; Liz Garrigan suggests some eco-conscious gifts; and Rob Simbeck describes a holiday scene from the gloomy coal mining towns of Appalachia. Line the birdcage with this issue, start a fire, even roll a joint if you must. But if we see it in the garbage, we’ll assume you don’t care that Santa’s watching—and that you hate Mother Earth.Open Letter From a (Christmas) TreeA rogue fir offers a stump speechThe Nevergreen SeasonAn attempt to recycle a holiday feast shows it’s not easy eating green—or eating greensHanukkah HeavenWith the world going green this holiday season, we Jews take our smugness to a new levelRock ’n’ Roll ChristmasI hope you like this mixtape I made youHave Water, Will RunoffGive the gifts of water retention and conservation this yearAdventures on the Santa TrainCharity and tradition roll through Appalachia’s coal towns

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    We editorial elves at the Scene have been checking our list twice, and it appears, Nashville, that you’ve been nice this year. You deserve something really special for the holidays, and we’ve penned a wish list to fill the 12 days of Christmas, the eight nights of Hanukkah and a week of Kwanzaa. We’re not talking ponies and Red Ryder BB guns, either. We’re talking ambitious, outside-the-gift-box presents that could make our city a better place. Sure, some of our ideas are pie in the sky, requiring either a blank check or a miracle on Bransford Avenue, but what the hell, it’s the holidays. While we’re holiday dreaming, we’ve assembled a list of slightly more realistic—and philanthropic—gift ideas, and we’ve gathered a potluck of recipes from some movers and shakers who could help make our civic wishes come true. Happy Holidays, Nashville!
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