It’s that time of year when we are trying to budget and sort out the Christmas shopping. The usual guilt trips are marched out to make life confusing and make us feel like terrible Christians if we don’t give our kids a stocking with an orange and a bag of nuts in.
So I fully admit and without shame that yes I do buy from mainstream shops. Woolworths will see my money.
Despite some snide remarks I’ve seen on a rather popular blog on this matter- I will be handing out homemade gifts too. I know some people on my list don’t want that so we try and find them something else.
Homemade stuff this year will include; chutney, strawberry and gooseberry jam, Christmas cake, dark ginger cake, chocolates and biscuits. We are also making mulled fruit juices and ginger beer. I’ve bought a load of really lovely bottles from Lakeland for them.
I’m buying bits and pieces from the Deli where Alex works. These are tough times and they have been good enough to employ my son so I will support them. I also support them because they are local. We’ll get meat from the local butcher and I will order some extra stuff from my milkman. It’s important to help keep people in work at the moment.
For other stuff I highly recommend the following:
Shana’s rosaries are practical and lovely. ST HUBERT’s ROSARIES She will make what you ask for.
Cards and some simple gifts from Aid to the Church In Need. The money goes where they say it will and they have no dodgy political or moral points to make.
We will probably pop in a buy bits and cards from ST MARY’s HOSPICE shops.
Buying from charities can be a minefield. I’ve stopped supporting a lot of them. CAFOD wont get any support from us again this year. I avoid Unicef, Christian Aid and until I am more sure of them Oxfam are off the list too. Too many charities are bending their ethos to get Govt handouts.
What are the rest of you doing?
Rita has suggested PRACTICAL ACTION as another good place to go Christmas shopping this year.