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Christmas Gifts of Peace and Love

As we are now in December, Christmas isn't so far away and many people will be busy buying presents.

A time of giving and sharing, Christmas, doesn't have to be about spending large sums of money. In the present difficult economic climate, perhaps itís a good time to get back to a more simple approach to Christmas. Sharing lovely homemade food or making simple gifts using recycled materials. Things made with love can hold more value.

For those who are economically better off, maybe spending less on presents for the family and donating the difference to a charity could be a rewarding gesture. I know a family who have not brought presents for each other for many years, but donate the money they would have spent to charities.

For many seniors who might spend most of the year alone, just sharing company can be a valuable gift. Make an effort to visit senior members of the family or seniors living in your locality, who may not have family. Let the seniors in your family know that you donít expect gifts from them, to take the pressure off. Let them know that just spending time with them, having a cup of tea and a chat is a gift in itself.

For the last few years I have visited my parents a few weeks before Christmas, to put up their tree. If I didn't make the effort to go, they would have to do without a Christmas tree as they are not able to do it themselves, just a small amount of my time, makes all the difference.

If you have a senior member of your family living in a nursing home, you can still offer to decorate their room and make sure they have plenty of visitors over Christmas. Many nursing homes make a great effort to create a warm atmosphere and an enjoyable time for the residents but having family around as well, can really make it really special.

However you spend Christmas, it should be the one time in the year when we spread love and joy to all those we come in contact with. Most of all it should be a time of peace. So letís all make an effort to bring peace to our corner of the world, however small. It all adds up.

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