I love Christmas! I love the smell of the freshly cut tree, the baking, the time with friends and family. But am I alone in thinking the whole giving thing is getting a little crazy?

Now that AGaHW is up and running, it’s easy for me with a view of the day to day, to see how such a small amount of money can literally change someone’s life. And so it makes spending, what’s the saying “money we don’t have, on things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like? take on a whole new meaning!

I’m not about being preachy and have already spent money on my kids and the kids in our family, and little things for others…and maybe I’m getting old, but I would so much prefer these days to receive the gift of words, or time from my friends, than something material that will gather dust.

Give me a great photo of my kids and write down a memory in a lovely card – I’m sold!

You see where I’m going with this. Need vs want. Over the top vs having some left over to change someone’s world. Valuing time with our loved ones over stuff to receive from them, shifting our priorities and caring about the vulnerable. Extending ourselves to connect to their story and make a difference there.

It’s possible. It’s in our hands…OR you could buy some more pink tuppaware for Aunty Jan. She’d probably just really like a photo and some Christmas bush…

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Have a great week,
Lv Jane

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