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25 December 2004 @ 09:13 pm
merry xmas  

merry christmas everyone !! for most of you christmas day is just beginning so here's to a fabulous day for you all ♥

+ christmas happiness through the eyes of children
+ "santa's been ! santa's been !" announces my 4-year old cousin. "he got me a slime volcano ! it's really for 5-year olds but he thought i was big enough to handle it !"
+ delicious food & my aunt's classy style {i look up to her in some ways, i could never be as stylish as her}
+ lovely presents {eep... materialism :X}
+ my nan loved the book i made {and showed it to absolutely everyone throughout the day}
+ actually everyone loved the gifts i gave them and that was better than receiving anything of my own
+ reading fabulous style magazines at my aunt's place
+ showing my 11 year old cousin how to download music using bear share and load them on to his new mp3 player {"you're a computer genius !" um, coughcough. ha !}

- fucking materialism; there's something about hearing children say "we got presents but we could have gotten more" that makes me feel really sick about the greed of the human race.

next year my family and i are going to do this: buying gifts through a world vision catalogue (or care australia) for people in third world countries, instead of buying each other things we don't need (or even want). you can order things like chickens, blankets, seeds, tools, immunisations and all sorts of other well-needed items for people in other countries. you get a gift card to give to the family member/friend you brought things on behalf of that says what was given and where (i think); i told my parents about it last week and we all agreed that next year we were going to have a no-present christmas, and do something worthwhile with the money & holiday season instead. presents are lovely, but they are even more lovely when you know they will really make a difference in someone's life. this year felt sad because it felt like we were giving for the sake of giving; but i am tide over by the thought that next year we'll make more of an effort to help people who really need it instead.

Effortlessly Controversialmoonborn on December 25th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
(beautiful picture)
*kisses, flits away*
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 25th, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)
{did you get my sms ?}
Rodeo Clownnetjerk on December 25th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas!
remember to breathe: snowturtles_path on December 25th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC)
sounds like a wonderful-love-filled day! i wish you a merry everyday after, m'lady jade... may they be filled with as much joy as you've given me. *hugs*

also! I've only scanned the WV site a bit, but it looks to be a GREAT organization!!
http://www.heifer.org/Our_Work/Index.shtml is another good organization that works in a similar way. they give animals and natural resources to families in need around the world. it's the gift that keeps on giving because, for example, you can donate a pair of goats.. the family will reap the benefits of the animals and the first offspring is given to another family in need, and so on.. i almost mentioned these folks before when you were talking about sponsering a child and i dropped a brochure in the package... clearly it's a better fit in this sort of endeavor. i made a donation in honor of my co-workers and a few friends this year. you're right, it does feel so much better to give the gift of hope in lieu of obligatory trinkets for people you don't really know well and also for those you love. <3

http://www.habitat.org/ is another org that i support financially, although i'm a little uneasy with the religious context. they do important work and i hope to get involved on a hands on level next spring.

    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 26th, 2004 01:22 am (UTC)
ooh, thankyou so much for these links -- i am going to check them out !!
fructiferousfructiferous on December 25th, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
i'm so glad everyone loved your gifts! i knew your nan would love the book! :D and your plans for next year make me happy. <3
dragon's milktangledlimbs on December 25th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
i love your photos
bian: gordiebian on December 26th, 2004 02:29 am (UTC)
We've started discussing the no gift Christmas for next year too. Its just to get everyone agreeing on it. Great idea that you guys are going to do something so different & meaningful.

Glad you had great Christmas too. :)
jennie.: loveletterbox // the sweetest storylineluminously on December 26th, 2004 06:27 am (UTC)
the book you made your nan is stunning and just so touching. i bet you made her day.
september_frost on December 27th, 2004 11:06 pm (UTC)
I agree that it's depressing to hear young children moan about wanting more toys, but at the same time it's something that most people have to go through. All children want to be like their friends, they all want the same toys, the latest gadgets, it's only as we get older that we realise that these things basically mean fuck all at the end of the day. We all go through the materialistic phase, but then we all (hopefully) go through the phase when we realise that life is more important than whatever possessions we have. They'll get there in the end. It's hard to see the bigger picture when you're only a child.

I like your idea of having a gift free christmas, giving to the needy instead of giving to people who really don't need anything else. I don't really celebrate christmas, and next year my family is having a pagan celebration where we all make our gifts and donate money to various charities.