"Christmas can't be bought from a store . . . Maybe Christmas means a little bit more."
Perhaps it's just me, but as the years pass, I want to spend less time (and money) shopping for Christmas gifts, opting instead to spend more quality time in the company of loved ones.
Similarly, I feel that tiny offerings can bring far more joy than costly presents that often send the gift-giver into debt. Think a jar of home-made jam, some coconut ice, or a tin of freshly baked gingerbread men. And what about a pair of earrings or a pretty ornament crafted by hand. Pass on a pre-loved book, or an old vase that once belonged to someone dear. These types of gifts will most likely be treasured more than something shiny and new, methinks.
Father Bob Maguire reminds us that this is a very hard time of the year for some folks in the community, so remember to smile at a stranger, check in on your neighbours, spare a thought for those less fortunate.
As is my tradition, I thought I'd share a few delicious links to good things from friends across the globe:
And finally, I'd like to share with you this delightful short film made by the Commonwealth Film Unit of Australia in 1958, the year I was born. It depicts Christmas Day as celebrated in Australia - in the city, in the bush, and at the beach. I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you... and wishing you the compliments of the season...
This is my final snippet for 2015. May I take this opportunity to wish you and yours the compliments of the season. Thank you for your friendship and support throughout the year. Let's catch up again in the new year. Bizzy xox
Tell me dear friends, how do you celebrate the holidays in your part of the world? Will you be travelling, or spending time at home with loved ones? Thank you for taking a moment to pop in and leave me a comment. It means a lot to me.
Hello. I'm Liz, a writer, cook and traveller based in Canberra, Australia.
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NB: I use Australian standard measuring cups and spoons in my recipes.