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Last minute hints for Santa’s special helpers


Last-minute hints for Santa’s special helpers

In between the Yuletide cheer and the sharing of glad tidings, the so-called ‘Silly Season’ can produce unnecessary worry about what to do regarding presents.

Believe it or not, there is even a medical condition aptly named Christmas Gift Anxiety Syndrome that is fuelled by many factors making this season of joy unnecessarily stressful.

For older people the desire to be generous is outweighed by the reality that money may be too tight to mention. The very good news from the North Pole is that some of the truly magnificent gifts that keep on giving need not cost much…or even anything. Simple is powerful. It is also natural, easy, unpretentious and clearly from the heart.

So, if you are a grandparent fretting about what to give your children, and theirs, here are some thoughts from the ‘seasoned’ giver.

  • Repackage that book you just finished reading. Even if it looks a bit ‘used’, the content will still be fresh. Hint: even 92-year-old grandmothers LOVE Jack Reacher.
  • Home baking. Delicious any time of the year but some Christmas infusion heightens the delight.
  • Garden harvest. Whether it is flowers or produce, fresh is always festive. Bouquets or a fruit and veggie basket are just some ideas.
  • Offer to house sit, baby sit or even pet sit. Make it fun by creating a special voucher for redemption any time within the next year.
  • Create a cookbook of seasonal favourites to make sure the memories, and tastes, will always linger.
  • While you are at it, make a family tree and write your own stories for inclusion. Encourage the rest of the family to respond in kind so that your stories will always remain alive.
  • If you are creative, write a poem that captures the Christmas spirit or even paint your own Yuletide scene.
  • If you are a prolific knitter get those fingers flying making a stocking for a new arrival or even a rug for a precious family pet.

These are just a few ideas that you can share with friends as part of spreading your own joy to your world. Without question, the greatest gift of all is the love and thankfulness of life, friends and family.


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Date Published: 16 December 2019

Review Date: 16 December 2022