Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

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Creeping towards Christmas

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Now that December is here, we have officially entered “the silly season”.  The holidays will soon be upon us, and people start to greet one another with asking such things as “What are you doing for the holidays”, or “are you going anywhere over the holidays”?   But unfortunately, for more and more people, it seems, it is also the beginning of a time of greater stress.   Longer days, due to parties, fuelled by pressures at work to complete projects before “the holidays” start to take their toll.   And even though Australians don’t go in for Christmas decorations quite as much as our North American friends do, we still see large displays (particularly at malls and in the CBD) or Christmas trees and decorations adorning many spaces.  They even have a name for what I am describing!  Good old Wikipedia calls it thus:  Christmas creep: a merchandising phenomenon in which merchants and retailers exploit the commercialized status of Christmas by moving up the start of the holiday shopping season. The term was first used in the mid 1980s.    How amazing that it is such a phenomenon that it has entered the world of dictionaries and wikipedias!!

For many of us, it can be a very positive time; gathering with friends and family and catching up on the year’s news!  But of course, we should also remember that this “festive” season isn’t festive for everyone;  this a time when homeless people can feel even more isolated, as the media continually pumps up “family” time and celebrations with loved ones.   Organisations that deal with depression are often very busy in the lead up to the holiday season.   However, the idea that suicide is more common during the holidays is actually a myth, which I was quite relieved to find, as I researched this article.

But for most people, it seems that even if depression doesn’t set in, certainly this time of year can be quite a bit more stressful than the rest of the year….. but only if we let it!  

So what can we do?  Well, a few ideas from the Shox are here;  many are possibly already things you do, but if you have others to add to the list, we’d love to hear from you!  In no particular order, here is our attempt at keeping the creep from Christmas!

  1. Look at reducing your Christmas waste by sending out e-cards, rather than traditional paper cards.  Think about using recycled wrapping instead of buying new shiny paper.  If you have some old wool lying around the place, use that to tie an old-fashioned bow around your pressie, rather than the shiny, petro-chemical laden bows that are everywhere at this time of year!
  2. Help less fortunate people, animals or aliens.  There’s an NGO for everyone, and everything these days!   So many great organisations out there need our help, and our donation can really make a difference.  We particularly like Oxfam, IFAW, Tunes for Change and Karma Currency.    Check these ones out, or we’d love to hear from you about your favourite organisation!   Making a donation to a worthy charity is a wonderful alternative gift to give the “person who has everything”. 
  3. Rather than rush around in December, buying presents and going full steam ahead, take a deep breath, and relax!   Organise a leisurely lunch with friends, or a coffee catch up with someone you haven’t seen in a while.  Spending quality time with someone (rather than just spending $) is always a great investment!
  4. Laugh a little!   Giggle, have a chuckle, guffaw or give a belly laugh!  It’s all good for you.   And we can help you get started by clicking here!   Happy Holidays everyone! 
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  1. Laugh! I almost died with laughter! Thats a great jibjab!

    But your message has a serious side. What do we find inspiring??? Buying the plasma?? Nope…

    As always, a great blog, and happy hols to you both as well!

    ron ogden

    December 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    • Thanks Ron! glad you liked our little Aussie jib jab…. and indeed… the commercialisation of the season is something we could do with in MUCH smaller doses! Have a wonderful hol – to you and yours as well! xx

      Mar(k)

      December 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm


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