Children, Church and the Family: some reflections
christian ethics, the church and postmodernism

10 Challenges for this Christmas

As people start shopping and planning Christmas about this time ... I thought I'd post this now, earlier than perhaps I would like ...

1) Having a spending limit per person (say £20) and give any extra money you would always spend to Tearfund or such like
2) Give friends and family an unusual gift from oxfam unwrapped
3) Control the amount of time you watch television
4) Attend christmas eve midnight communion - usually the best service during the christmas season
5) Enjoy food that is fairtrade where ever possible or locally grown (remember that where the average weekly food budget in the UK is £155.54, in Chad it is £11.27)
6) Invite someone to share Christmas with you
7) Read the Christmas stories (Matt 1:18-2:23; Luke 1:5-2:49) together and listen
8)  Get an credit card from an ethically-minded bank like the coperative bank and support a charity like Tearfund (and cancel all your other credit cards)
9) Don't get drunk on christmas eve (or christmas day or boxing day)
10) Remember Jesus is for christmas, not just for life



Hmmm... you've updated quite a bit here and it hasn't come up on my RSS feeds...

You make some good points here. I am concerned at how much people spend at christmas. Including how much they spend on me. Part of me wants to be generous this year and buy everyone lots of "nice things."

But I think this is a trap we're sold by the media. If I'm going to be generous, I think I should do it all year. I'd rather give someone something when they need it, than shower them with Cadbury's accessories that will either damage their health or end up in the bin.

An interesting bit from a discussion earlier...:
"oh it annoys me how it's all 'countdown calendar' and 'winter lights'... we're afraid to say Christmas!"
"good... maybe now we can reclaim Christmas..."

Trevor C

Interesting list, Andy. (Too late for us though; Christmas shopping's all done and dusted.)

Last year my wife's family set a strict £10 maximum on all presents. It made us all think much more carefully about gifts and there were some good creative ideas. Some in the family hated it though!


I feel mean for trying to come up with my own home-made gifts, rather than buying them - and want to ask not to recieve bought things for a second year. Admittedly I do have a great idea for everyone this time round, but still wonder. You seem to be approaching this very cleverly, so I might ask you (and anyone else reading); am I just wierd, or is that pressure to feel guilty and mean just corperate conditioning.

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