Martin Lewis recently wrote an article in The Telegraph (I found the link on Twitter, just in case you think I’m cheating and buying newspaper..!) entitled “It’s time to ban Christmas presents”.
If you haven’t read it, then do. It makes some very good points, far more articulately than I will!
It kind of encapsulates what I have been thinking about Christmas this year, and for the past couple of years actually.
We are obviously making or thrifting all our presents this year. And I’m not suggesting that you must do the same, or that Christmas is cancelled, and we all have to sit around feeling miserable and guilty about buying presents.
But maybe just thinking a bit more about what you buy, and how much you buy. And maybe even making some presents yourself, or sourcing them secondhand.
Before you say you could never make anything, I don’t think it really matters if what you have made looks a but ‘rustic’-if you have put valuable time (and in today’s time poor society, maybe that is the most precious commodity of all) and effort into making someone a present, it really is the thought that counts. I will have lots of suggestions and how-to’s coming up over the next few weeks, so no excuses!
But for me, Christmas should be about spending time together as a family. And I think that by making or thrifting our presents this year, it is making us think a bit more about what friends and family might actually want. If you are going to spend the time and effort to make a gift, you want to be fairly sure the recipient is going to like it!
My family keep asking me what I want for Christmas, and I am really struggling with this. I could quite easily write a reasonably long list of all the things I want, and haven’t been able to buy new (boots being a case in point!) for other people to go out and get me. But that kind of defeats the point. I have a lot of books that I would really like, but when I know that I can probably source them secondhand, it seems kind of wrong to ask someone else to buy me it, when I know they will buy new.
So I haven’t written a list, and I haven’t asked for anything.This may be the wrong approach, as everyone seems to feel compelled to give something, so I may end up with a whole load of stuff I don’t want, but we’ll see!
My mum is not well, and my brother and his wife are having a tough time at the moment, so this Christmas, all I really want is some time together as a family, arguing, bickering and eating far too much food!