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Nov 28, 2012

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breakfast lady

Your sharing box is a lovely idea. It's so hard to resist the pressure to get yet more 'stuff' isn't it? We don't do ads, which definitely helps I think. We also spend time before Xmas sorting out old toys and books that we can donate to charity shops to try and give the children an awareness of the fact that there are other children less fortunate than them. I think the Rotary Club also do a box scheme where you can fill a box with toys/home-made gifts for children in other countries who may not otherwise get anything for Christmas.

I think, as with so many things, that much of the magic comes from the repetitition and ritual, rather than with the stuff itself: the arrival of the advent calendar; the Kate Rusby Xmas carols CD; decorating the tree, rather than the tree itself; getting ready on Xmas Eve; knowing what we eat on Xmas Eve and Xmas day etc etc.

Fiona

I think it's a great idea to have a bit of a sort out of toys before Christmas to donate to charity. Might make a start on that this weekend and at the same time try to find various items that having been missing for a while amongst our clutter!

You're right about repetition and ritual - it's important to make time for little things that all form part of Christmas. We used to have a Jim Reeves Christmas album when I was growing up - it always felt like Christmas as soon as this came out:-)

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