The gifts that keep on giv­ing

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FRONT PAGE - Robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au

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.

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