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Wow! It’s al­most Christ­mas!

I swear I just packed the tree away a cou­ple of months ago!

This Christ­mas will be a fan­tas­tic one for my whanau, as I will have all my chil­dren home for the first time in quite a few years. And I amso look­ing for­ward to it.

Christ­mas used to be all about spend­ing way too much money to keep every­one happy, with the best, new­est, flash­est rub­bish I could af­ford to buy. The ma­te­ri­al­is­tic side of Christ­mas gets so out of hand that at the end of the day the re­tail­ers are the only ones smil­ing and we are left stand­ing with an empty bank ac­count or huge credit card bill.

So this year (sorry kid­dies) I am con­cen­trat­ing less on shod­dily-wrapped gifts and more on be­ing to­gether, eat­ing great food and be­ing merry!

I will be es­cap­ing the re­tail mad­ness, and mak­ing the start of 2018 a breeze! For Christ­mas 2017, be kind to your­self and to oth­ers. Chill out, re­lax, take it easy, and have a Merry Christ­mas. Feliz Navi­dad, Meri Kir­i­himete and may the force be with you.

Rachel Har­ri­son

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