I had one of those last week when I clicked on a link on another blogger's site and discovered The Center for a New American Dream. Their mission is to "to cultivate a new American dream—one that emphasizes community, ecological sustainability, and a celebration of non-material values" -- well, hallelujah!
John, who is naturally suspicious wanted to know how it was funded and who supports it, but after some quick research, even he gave it the seal of approval. I've begun following their blog on my RSS feed and have loved every article thus far. (Recent articles include the following: "My Attempt to Buy Nothing this October," "Etsy Goes Beyond Online Sales to Support Local Economies," "Break Free from the Carbon Confusion," "A Smaller Piece of a Better Pie: Embracing 'Luxurious Frugality.'" Hooked ya, yet?
They have an entire booklet devoted to simpifying the holidays (who's not interested in doing that?)
As a part of that page, they ask that viewers pledge to 5 of the following 15 suggestions in order to simplify the holidays. I LOVE this list and thought I'd share.