It’s that time again. Time for: chaos, excess, resolutions, exhaustion and reflections. Each year we groan and soldier on through it all or quietly hibernate until the craziness is over. We may not like the indulgence and commercial opportunism of this season, but we can still acknowledge our friends and families and their part in our lives.
Rather than appearing Scrooge-like and insisting all end of year celebrations be low consuming and waste free, we can start by requesting any presents, to ourselves, be either second-hand, home-made or be a gift of service or time. An obvious extension of this is to also give like minded gifts. All ideas require a personal commitment and effort.
We may not feel we have the skills to create a woolly jumper or a nifty wooden coffee table and the test of giving our time and energy can be a far trickier proposition. Teenagers and busy adults groan at the task of some future requirement like provision of a home-cooked dinner, a spring cleaned house, a weeded garden or cleaned gutters. So if you give this as a gift make sure you do follow through with it.
However, start small in this alternative way of giving, with a mutual exchange between friends. Let the idea grow over time. Christmas does not need to be restricted to shopping and Santa, let the end of year reflection be an opportunity to recognize value of other people in our lives without the dollar price tags.
Can we discover a new way to celebrate?
20 Dec 2011 10:48 AM