Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas Shopping Taken Care Of...

Our family has not really been into huge numbers of gifts at Christmas, an acknowledgement is just fine.

Over the past couple of years I have been rather uncomfortable with the idea of outlaying large amounts of cash for trinkets and bits that we don't really need so this year have decided to do something about it.

Most of our family, extended family that is, are all giving a Goat this year as part of Oxfam's Unwrapped gift giving program...a mere $39.00 will purchase a goat for a family and it will keep them in milk, fertiliser and future goats. The children in our family will receive a gift but also will have a duck or chicken purchased in their names.

Will get online in the next day or so and organise it...feeling better about the season this year.


Anonymous said...

Firstly, welcome back! I meant to comment yesterday but I've been sick - urgh!
(Please don't feel you HAVE to post pictures of staples - just saying!) ;o)
Anyway - I think the Oxfam idea is great for Christmas. My sister and I have been discussing the exact same thing :o)

Watercolor said...

I tried that one year. Did NOT go over well with a lot of my family... lol.

Lynda said...

Love the idea! How are you feeling??

Barbara said...

Please, please tell how you
manage to get your family to agree
to this! Every year I have the
same argument with my yuppie
sister in law who wants to give
everyone gifts they don't want. My
husband and I haven't exchanged
Christmas or birthday gifts for
years because, frankly, we don't need more stuff - especially stuff
that we don't want, has no
relevance to our lifestyle (which
is very different to hers) and,
worst of all, has be lugged home
on an interstate flight (sometimes
I've been sorely tempted just
to dump it at the airport!). Anyone
have any advice?

Watercolor said...

Barbara, my family exchanges wish lists. Suggest that. And ask for a book or something like that.