The answer to tonight’s ‘what to get’ is simply kindness.
I’m sure we’ve all faced the dilemma of what to get the friend who has everything, but how often do we think about what to get those with nothing? This ad for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal really get to me. As a child, probably the most important things about Christmas is Santa and presents—and that’s how it should be. Children deserve the chance to be children, to not have to worry about money, and bills, and things.
But what if you’re seven and living in the backseat of a car?
These are the kids (and adults) who really need Christmas. These are the people who we should be spending hours and days thinking about. They are the ones who truly need our giving and loving.
The last few years, even when I’ve had very little money, I’ve bought two extra gifts—one for a boy and one for a girl—and placed them under the Kmart Wishing Tree. Always something both useful and fun—usually a book, football, or board game—I wrap them as nicely as I would all my other gifts, and always add a piece of candy or some stickers as well.
This year, while you’re stressing about what to get family and friends, take a moment to think about those who are simply wondering where their Christmas meal will come from, or where they will be sleeping. If you have some spare cash, even if it’s only a few dollars, consider donating it to a charity like the Salvation Army, or St Vincent de Paul who help those less fortunate.
And for those you know who really do have everything, instead of getting something for them, get them something for someone else through an organisation like Oxfam.
Christmas isn’t really about what you give, but why you’re giving.