Naturally the youngsters like to receive a present but it doesn’t have to be too expensive. I know one family who are struggling. The children sometimes get given pencils etc. that they need for school in the new year as part of their presents. As kids we didn’t have big stockings. They were small ones which usually had knickers, singlets, socks etc and perhaps a few lollies as a treat in them. Apart from something we had asked for we often received new clothes to replace what we were close to growing out of. I know that we both got tricycles, then bicycles when we were big enough to learn to ride them safely. These days we are finding our children think “money grows on trees” and ask for so many things they would never play with or use. Yes, most older people often have everything they need. We often have to give subtle hints in trying to work out something they may need, even if it’s clothing of some type. Or you can make up a goodie box of groceries and treats you know they like but wouldn’t buy for themselves. We can fit more in a box than in a basket. I personally am happy with an annual family photo. I am still deciding our best options for meeting up with immediate family and relatives this year. Some have to work over Christmas. One part of the family follow their ancestory tradition and meet Christmas Eve, some live long distance and we travel to see them on Boxing Day. It isn’t easy pleasing everybody aty busy times of year. Quality time is what we all desire, not slaving away in the kitchen preparing so much food it isn’t eaten, getting overtired and not enjoying the day as much as we should.

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Published 29th March 2020


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