Everywhere seems to be abuzz with Christmas. The shopping centres are crowded , muzac is festive and people seem to have a sense of urgency as they go about their business. One thing that is obviously missing from everyone I see, is a smile.Isn’t this meant to be a joyful time of the year? Sadly, this seems to have been lost and the emphasis is on all that is material. Struggling families are burying themselves deeper in debt as they capitulate to marketing and advertising, purchasing expensive gifts for their families and friends only to pay dearly for their efforts when their credit card statements arrive in January 2009.Christmas should be about family, friends and celebrating the things we already have, not how much we can spend on individual gifts. Granted it is a time for children and we should make it a special time for them but also teach them that Christmas is not all about how many gifts we receive.
I am on my way out to collect my daughter and go out for the afternoon, which I am looking forward to very much. Their housing problem seems to be settled and they will be remaining in their house until the lease expires in May 2009.They are all extremely happy about that 🙂