The meaning of Christmas
The true meaning of Christmas, to make the rich richer??
Christmas (nor any other holiday) is not about consuming and giving our loved ones the latest gadget (despite what advertisers will tell you). But we do enjoy gift giving and receiving so let us instead of lining the big mans pocket at ours and our environments expense, try and make some lasting changes this year. Here are a few helpful suggestions:
These are usually smaller business people and often the ingredients from the products have not been shipped from China. This saves on environmental costs of transport and keeps our money local.
Buy things that are not things but still fun.
This can be movie theater passes, restaurant gift certificates, massages, ice skating rink tickets, driving range coupons, concert tickets or any other event/activity that the receiver would enjoy. This also extends the euphorism of Christmas gift getting, because even after Christmas you have something to look forward to.
One of the best gifts I ever gave was two tickets to see the Globe Trotters with my young son. We normally would never have done this, but we spent quality memorable time together that is priceless.
Pay a loved one’s bill or buy groceries for the month.
One of my sons was struggling through school and working like a dog. He needed a good car to get to work so bought one at a buy here pay here. This was great that he was able to do this, but also very expensive for him. One year for Christmas, I paid his car payment (they were more than happy to take my money, even without the proper paper work). He could not have been more surprised or happy to find at Christmas time, he had no car payment and a little extra money.
Buy educational classes
This can be any class the recipient would enjoy, but would otherwise not have spent the money on themselves. The arts such as painting, pottery or musical instrument lessons may interest family members. Or maybe they are more physical and would like dance, karate or yoga.
Donate for others.
Finally for the people who always wished they could do more for society but have never found the time or money, donate to a charity that they would support. Many charities promote ‘financially adopting’ such as sponsoring a child or an animal or planting a tree.
We can prove to the big manufacturers that we have minds of our own and do not need to be told what we need and in doing so we can take back our holidays and give the gifts that truly show our love, while supporting our local communities.
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