Christmas and the gift of giving

“No holiday should manipulate you to the point where you’re going into debt just to show someone you love them”

Jim Carrey

This quote recently popped up on Instagram, and I had to share it. Commercialism has taken over Christmas and we are fast forgetting this holiday’s true meaning.

Christmas is, of course, a time of giving but you can do that without splashing the cash or running up credit card debt on expensive gifts. It feels great to make someone smile, but this doesn’t have to cost a penny. Christmas is about love, family and friends and spending quality time together. Give your time to them. When you’re together, be present instead of glued to your smartphone. Reconnect with loved ones you may not have seen or spoken to in a while.

Companies spend a fortune on advertising and bombarding us with visions of how a certain toy or item of jewellery will make someone’s Christmas. Don’t fall victim to their siren’s song, and land yourself in debt. If money is tight, search for smaller gifts which are more affordable but have meaning. It can be as simple as a book on a topic which the recipient is particularly interested in, or taking them for a meal at their favourite restaurant.

Of course, if you have children, spending wisely is easier said than done. For them, it’s a magical time and let’s be honest, they deserve a bit of spoiling!

Christmas is a time of giving, but it doesn’t have to involve giving hard-earned money for expensive gifts. Give your time and attention to your friends and family. Or give your time to help those less fortunate than you.

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