I do practice what I preach. I mean, ideally I'd be living off the grid and growing all my own food, but since we're just renting our home at the moment, it's not totally possible for us just yet. We're doing the best we can in our current situation.
But I'm not sure where you got the idea that I don't practice these principles re: gift-giving and consumerism.
My kids are having a no-gift fifth birthday party in February. The only thing we will buy for the party is food (each of my twins wants me to make an ice cream cake for them . . . they'd share one, but they don't like the same kind of ice cream . . . and we'll probably have bagels and cream cheese or something else like that). My kids will each get one gift for their birthday, and I am making the gifts.
When we do go to parties that involve gift-giving, we bring a gift. It is always homemade, and my kids help me make it. I never said that anyone should choose not to bring a gift to someone else's party when gifts are expected. I'm just saying that we should all be promoting no-gift parties by having no-gift parties for our own kids.
Also, while I understand that it can be hard to read the tone of someone's message over the computer, I never intended to be "lecturing" anyone about my beliefs. I just feel very strongly about this issue. I really think we all need to feel very strongly about it. But, in my head, I'm not so much lecturing as I am pleading.
And I hear you about the pleading. I'm guilty of being passionate about a few things myself.