The gifts that keep on giving
Putting your hand up to host Christmas is like taking a crash course in event management.
I have friends who think nothing of catering for groups of 20 but, for me, it’s always a matter of jumping through logistical hoops, from finding enough chairs to making sure the table linen doesn’t have any stains on it.
Then there’s all the little jobs around the house that you might have put off during the year, from repainting the back deck to repairing the front gate.
With so many tasks to get done, it’s easy to get a little grumpy, especially if you feel you’ve been left with the lion’s share of the workload.
But I was reminded why it’s all worth it the other day when my kids came home from school asking for household goods.
Like many schools, they are putting together hampers for families who have little to share at Christmas.
The idea is to supply the basics so that families can save their money and enjoy the pleasure of buying gifts for the people they love.
Because, while receiving a gift is lovely, giving is where the action is.
In between disagreements over the best way to hang the Christmas lights or whose turn it is to put the star on top of the tree, I’m reminded that many of us want for nothing and that the true spirit of the season is one of giving, even when you don’t know who might be receiving your gift.
Whether you’d prefer to buy a gift for the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, supporting the work of the Salvos, or buy a gift or hamper online from charities such as The Smith Family or Anglicare to forward on to someone in need, it’s guaranteed to take the edge off the less pleasant aspects of your Christmas preparations.
Whatever you’re planning, on behalf of the team at Home magazine, we’d like to wish you all a safe and very Merry Christmas.