According to the Times, listening to music can affect our moods – whether listening causes our brain to release a soothing hormone or to release a stress hormone and trigger the brain’s fear center. And the Times noted that Christmas music is particularly powerful “because the holiday season itself is emotionally charged.”
That’s the truth. My wife notes that I have a lot of Clark Griswold (Christmas Vacation) in me. I can be accused of “overdoing” Christmas or at least having expectations that can’t possibly be met. And gift giving is one of those things that can produce anxiety during the holidays, at least for me.
So I thought I’d help. If you’re reading this in need of gift ideas, why not treat your loved ones (or even yourself!) to these gifts that any freedom-loving American would appreciate?
If reading Greg’s book about free speech in our country makes you want to know more about the history of free speech in general, check out Jacob Mchangama’s Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media. His book covers thousands of years – which highlights the fact that free speech is a natural right and one that has advanced human progress throughout history.
Did you know states had Constitutions? Since you’re a subscriber of this newsletter, you probably did. But did you also know that you can get your state constitution printed on a shower curtain? Or other products, like scarves or pillows – who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves in, or go to sleep on, the words of their state constitution?
Since the Gadsden flag made news this year, consider buying a sticker for someone’s car or laptop. (By the way, AFP Regional Vice President Jeff Crank spoke with the student who was initially punished for displaying the Gadsden flag on his backpack – listen to the American Potential podcast episode!)
What’d I miss? If you have suggestions for gifts for a First Amendment advocate or civil liberties defender, please let me know by emailing me at email@example.com.
And since Hanukkah started yesterday, I also want to wish my Jewish readers a happy Festival of Lights. May your home be filled with light and joy!