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Christmas: A time to celebrate the giving


Sometimes it is simply hard work to get into the festive spirit. In a mad rush to get everything done at work and at home in preparation for Christmas, many of us become tired, frustrated and grumpy and have well and truly had enough of it all even before the day arrives.

From securing that critical last-minute gift and ticking off the checklist to make sure no one has missed out, to making sure there are adequate supplies for celebration guests –  it can all seem a bit much.

But, we do it anyway, or at least most of us do.

This Christmas, let’s all take note of and celebrate those diligent individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to guarantee most have a wonderful and fulfilling occasion.

You know the people! They are usually wearing an apron or have a tea towel slung across a shoulder and never seem to find a chair when everyone else has collapsed on the couch.

It might be a mum, dad, grandma, granddad, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, nephew, niece or mate – there will be someone who deserves special pampering when the dust settles.

The fact that there is always someone willing to go out of his or her way to do something special for others, in a home or community environment, speaks volumes for what the occasion represents.

It is important to remember that the act of giving is more than simply providing someone with a gift. It’s about the act itself.

The value of the gift, be it an action, activity or something physical, is often irrelevant, but the value and sincerity of the giving means everything. That’s why, on many occasions, the most inexpensive but most personal gifts, are the best.


  • Get the full story in the December 18, 2013 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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