Girl under Christmas Tree with Gifts

Christmas time… Mistletoe and Wine…Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. I down tools for two weeks and just enjoy being with my family and relaxing. Just having time together. It is my time to recharge my batteries and start planning (in my head only) what 2020 will look like. Christmas is about family time for many but has become a time of giving and receiving.  It has become very commercial with the real meaning of Christmas lost in some families. I love receiving and giving presents but this year we have chosen to do neither. No one is getting anything. We will be spending time together and that is our gift to each other – TIME. Weird I know.

Giving to someone else is really important and something we need to teach our children to do. We don’t just give in order to receive. To give their time to someone who needs them to listen or to help them is a priceless gift. To give something to another that they could use or may really need without having to receive or want something in return, is also part of the joy of Christmas.


Maybe this Christmas you could use your time together to re-iterate your family values of giving. Even get your children to give something of themselves to a stranger or an acquaintAnce.  They could give time to helping a neighbour, elderLy relative or a charity. They can also give in other ways. When we were giving presents we used to bag up old clothes and toys that we no longer wanted after the holidays and gave them to a charity shop. This year, after two moves in 18 months, we have nothing to donate.  So many people just throw good items away  –  take time to look through and give useful items to charity.

As well as presents this year lets encourage our children to do some giving in another way. Help them realise that Christmas isn’t just about receiving presents but also about giving to others. What opportunities are available for your family to give this Christmas time?