Kris Kringle or Secret Santa- call it what you will, it is almost upon us.

That one time in the whole year that you have to buy a present for a randomly selected co-worker and in return, you receive a present from a randomly selected co-worker. (Unless yours is rigged. Mine is not exactly rigged, but the organiser is somewhat open to suggestions *wink wink*)

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Buying Kid’s Gifts.

It’s coming up to Christmas shopping season. In fact, if you’re super organised, you have already entered the shopping season and your present cupboard is filling rapidly. Kid’s gifts will be filling trolleys everywhere- for our own and those belonging to our gang of parent mates.

Buying for other people’s kids means spending some time in the toy section and I’m a firm believer in the idea that what you buy for the children of your friends and those in your extended family is a direct reflection of how you feel about them. If you’re shaking your head and laughing at this theory, think harder. That friend who gave your kid a toy that plays loud, awful, fuzzy sounding music last Christmas? Not your biggest fan. Friends don’t do that to friends. It’s important to give this due consideration. You don’t want to send the wrong message when buying kid’s gifts.

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 “Play the ball, not the man.”

In a world gone somewhat mad, I’m seeing a lot of people imploring each other to respect the opinions of others, even when they don’t agree. To respect other people, even though they have a (sometimes wildly) different point of view on some really important, world-changing issues. Play the ball, as it were. Hold a different point of view, by all means, but remember that opinions are (apparently) sacrosanct.

“We are all different, after all, right? That’s what makes life interesting! It’s not right to disrespect someone because they voted differently to how you did or would.”

What I’m taking away from this is that it’s basically acceptable to criticise an idea or an opinion. But apparently, we must do so without criticising the person that holds it. Maybe this is true when the opinion is a minor one; a matter of personal taste that effects no one else. What about when it’s bigger than that?

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If you missed it last week, check out the chat I had with Rochelle Courtenay, founder of Share the Dignity.

It’s In the Bag!

Last week, I threw a challenge out to any readers who wanted to get behind Share the Dignity’s annual It’s In The Bag campaign. It involves packing a handbag (new or in good condition) with items that would be useful to a woman who might find herself in a shelter or refuge this Christmas. Of course, this meant I couldn’t let the team down, either! So off to the shops I went. I grabbed a good-sized handbag to fill- and fill it I have! My teenage girls got curious about what I was doing and decided to throw together a bag themselves. I have friends that are madly packing handbags with toiletries and other useful stuff. It seems that the It’s In The Bag campaign is bringing out the best in a lot of people who seem genuinely excited to be able to help someone.

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