Saturday 1494 – 10th Dec 2011
The title may give you a hint of what’s coming – My impressions of Christmas! I’ve been out with my camera today but on quite a different mission than usual. I want to show you a taste of some of the stuff that’s on sale this Christmas including the ubiquitous smart phone (or whatever it’s called ! I don’t have one as you have probably guessed)
Is buying this overpriced stuff the best way to show people that we love them? When we buy expensive gifts or baubles, frankly tasteless toys or even plastic guns ( grrrrr ) aren’t we perpetuating the consumerist myth that having “things” will bring us happiness? and just look at the price of some of this jewellery !! ( in English pounds)
In my opinion obscene amounts of money. I just couldn’t justify spending that amount of money on personal decoration when many in the world don’t have food or water.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t buy gifts, of course that is everyone’s personal choice. If someone has worked hard for their money they should spend it as they wish. I certainly do.
Wouldn’t it be better though if we all stopped buying so many “things” that other people don’t really need or often want,? Instead we could use a little of the money we might have spent on Christmas and give it to charity or plant a tree or buy one of the many charity gifts that are on the market. I believe “Should give” instead of “must have” would be a good thing to try to teach our children?
For example I buy very few Christmas cards preferring instead to use the money each year to buy a charity gift and I email my friends to let them know. A favourite charity of mine is WaterAid and you can buy gifts here http://shop.wateraid.org/ of course there are many others such as http://www.giftsinaction.org.uk/ , http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped or http://www.centrepointgifts.org.uk/what-is-it/ to name just a few..
After all that seriousness and just to cheer everybody up a bit I thought I’d show you some of the things that may have made me groan but also brought a smile to my face 🙂
What ever you have planned for Christmas remember this……….
So what will I be doing tomorrow??
Putting up the Christmas tree I expect !
Well I didn’t say I was completely immune did I ?
As for Christmas itself I’ll be doing something rather special but you’ll have to wait to see what that is…
Have a good week everyone………Saturday Girl signing off.
Ps Some of you may have received an early draft of this post. Sorry about that – it was a case of premature publication 😀