Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Christmas presents

Presents - cut down or buy from Charities. A few years ago all our family members gave each other simple presents with a very limited value: it was as good as any Christmas. Nobody felt that they had been given an expensive gift that wasn’t really wanted. Finding the unusual present within the limit wasn’t easy, though, so shopping was probably harder!

We’ve given gifts to charities, too - I received a set of oilskins and seaboots for the RNLI. That was good but it would have been even better if the gift had been more visible. None of the local charities seem to do this - or do they? Perhaps we could persuade the Old Tea Warehouse* to start a scheme.

We’ve agreed to limit presents to family this year - and the children have issued lists of suggestions so the chances of unwanted gifts is small. Finding time to shop is challenging - I’ll keep you posted.

Tomorrow: what do you really want?

Christmas Post: A woman went into a post office to buy some stamps for her Christmas cards. What denomination do you want ? asked the lady at the counter. 'Good God!' she replied, Has it come to this? I suppose you'd better give me twenty Catholic and twenty Presbyterian.

* The Old Tea Warehouse is a hostel for the homeless in High Wycombe. It is very actively supported by members of our Church: the Parish Office is currently half full of duvets, sleeping bags and individual presents for the residents.

1 comment:

Mary said...

On spending less on Christmas presents, contributing to charities and making shopping easier -many of the local 'Christmas Fairs' have nearly new gifts that satisfy these three criteria. It's even more fun if the person to whom you give the present is the person who donated it to the charity!