First off: Not Buying It
Which i have just bought second hand on amazon!
We have adopted an exciting new approach to Christmas commercialism… not buying any presents at all! No, actually it’s more that Christmas once again has taken us by surprise and this year we are in a particularly chaotic situation with baby and problems with a damp and leaky house. But it’s an idea isn’t it, tempting just to forget the presents altogether and, yes the old cliche, just spend time with our nearest and dearest?
It does semm a little empty trawling through the (charity) shops looking for a ‘thing’ that someone we know might like. I’ve been trying to think of gifts that are useful in some way, like plants, books or food, but still succumb to the easy option of a nice something decorative that i suspect the recipient neither wants nor needs. And Ed and I are steeling ourselves once more against the onslaught of unwanted gifts we will recieve. that sounds terribly ungrateful doesn’t it? But we do appreciate the thought, really, it’s just that whilst we are trying to buy less, not buy new, only buy eco etc etc, people around us still buy us new and sometimes more as if to compensate! It kind of undoes the good we are trying to do doesn’t it?
Bah humbug Emily! It must be the howling wind ruffling my temper.