How often do you hear the lament that Christmas has become far too commercial, but it only needs to be as commercial as we allow it to be, it needn't be all about buying things. A homemade card is always more treasured than a bought one, for adults who don't really need anything, the time spent making sweets or jam can display more love than a hastily chosen but expensive gift. It is hard not to get into a frame of mind where you are calculating the value of the gift you receive against the one you send, worrying that you might seem cheap, or hastily writing a card to someone you don't really like because they sent you one you weren't expecting.
Of course it's different for children, in the past I have queued and searched for the must have buzz lightyear or power rangers toy (that is a clue to how old my boys are now) but even children can be taught lessons about greed and value.
So at the risk of sounding preachy, we all know it's not about the shopping, it's about good food, good company and good cheer, #WHPstripes #jj_forum_2109 #christmasgifts
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