It’s that time of year again. “Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?” Internal shudder. Oh no. Talk to them and they inwardly shudder as well, but just get on with it.

Millions of people feeling obliged to buy ‘presents’ for others. Things they mainly don’t need, maybe don’t even want – judging by the returns industry.

Children with toy boxes already overflowing given ever more toys that they won’t have time to play with, before the next lot comes around Easter,  birthday, Thanksgiving, Halloween,  other kids’ birthdays, etc. etc. Yet look at their favourite toys – battered old teddy, colouring pens, house made by daddy out of cardboard boxes the goods came in  – creative use of what’s there…

I know, miserable old bugger. But you must admit that the whole present thing has got a bit out of hand. Maybe it’s time we really do ‘take back control’ and give where the need is there, or give consumables rather than landfill-fodder.

Really,  aren’t a few items of quality and beauty better than a mass of rubbish. And give the rest to someone really in need, perhaps via a suitable charity, or give money and teach the children to save.

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