Saturday, 24 November 2012

Christmas Presents

I am not anti Christmas just anti turning it into a retail festival.

Christmas is a lovely time to relax, reflect and enjoy either on your own or with friends and family if you wish.  It should not be about stress, to do lists and getting into debt.

We haven't bought gifts for family members for years now as everyone has all they need.  My two boys aged 9 and 6 will receive a few items but we will combine them so that they are received from the majority of family members.  Typically they will receive a new LEGO set they have chosen but not a Star Wars Death Star! A book and some chocolate etc.  Maybe a replacement of items wearing out which is currently their pack lunch boxes.

We typically have a relaxed day, with an early morning run, building a new lego set, going to church, enjoying a meal at home (with or without others), an afternoon walk, a christmas tea (with or without others) and a christmas TV special.  We enjoy lovely food but don't overindulge with alcohol or lots of high fat foods.

I enjoyed reading this article from financial Journalist Martin Lewis this week.

I also read a short book this week called retail therapy by Andy Hickford exploring consumerism.

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