This post is about Christmas, if you’re not up to thinking about that so soon I won’t mind if you stick your fingers in your ears and say lalala, or rather cover your eyes and click away.
Our kids have had a very simplified Christmas for the last four years at first due to necessity and then continuing on because we realised how much we just don’t need.
This year I’ve been looking at the four rule which seems to have caught fire online:
Something they want
Something they need
Something to wear
Something to read
I think it’s a great concept and so far I’ve organized want, wear and read
For us wear is covered by the pajamas brought by the elves on Christmas eve and something new to wear on Christmas day.
Something to read is always a given because books are something we value in our lives.
Something they want is always the easiest, with Eve obviously it’s something we think she wants, otherwise it would be a collection of empty drink bottles and my lipsticks to eat.
Something they need is just so subjective and I’ve been wracking my brains, I thought about things for the bedrooms. Depending on what lens you look through there are either a plethora of things my children need and really nothing they truly need. While we aren’t high income we don’t go without anything important.
Every year we give as part of Christmas be it the wishing tree or small charitable donation. This year I just feel that’s not enough. This year instead of something they need we will be contributing that money towards a charity, towards others that need so many things so many basic things, like water and food. Because I know my children won’t even truly be going without in order to make this happen. While it’s a small drop into an ocean of need I hope that it will make some change in another’s life. Because we are born lucky, so very lucky to be in a safe country, I hope to share what I can of that luck.
Is giving part of your Christmas / holiday plans? Do you feel that charity actually helps?