Simplify your Christmas

Oxfam Unwrapped

Since having Squidge I see Christmas in a whole new light.  I think because I was a bit late to the parenting game I got a bit jaded when it came to Christmas.  It was all so inconvenient- having to travel thousands of miles to see my family.  Although I loved visiting them it just meant that I never felt settled during the holidays.  I was just visitor in other peoples lives.  When we had Squidge we said we would celebrate in our home.  We would not be visiting others, although others were welcome to visit us.  When you have a child you see the excitement and joy it brings them. It’s very easy to get caught up in it and go overboard.  We love Christmas here at Casa de Squidge but we try not to get too crazy with it.  Squidge is an only and because of that she really does not want for nothing.  We have a strict policy with her.  She can ask for 3 gifts from Father Christmas but she understand that she might not get everything on her list.  Father Christmas has soo many children to deliver gifts to and besides we don’t want to be greedy.  When I tell her this she looks at me with her big brown eyes and agrees we mustn’t be greedy.  Especially when there are so many children in need- Thanks Pudsey!!

Squidge is 4 1/2 this year and in her first year of school where they’re really going all out for the holidays.  Today she mentioned that she tried on her costumes both in “regular” school and dance “school”.  She was very excited about it all and is getting completely wrapped up in the holiday.  Every day she sings a little bit more of her Christmas songs to me.  You can feel the excitement radiating off her.   This year we’re introducing the concept of giving to others less fortunate.  Oxfam Unwrapped is an awesome way of doing just that.  I’ve mentioned before that we want to raise chickens and it just so happens that you can donate a chicken to a family.

Give a chicken and you’re giving a family a little egg factory that will also produce chicks for rearing into other chickens or trading to pay for school fees and health care. Low-maintenance and high-yielding, these little cluckers are going to help a local family feed, thrive and survive.

We think this is a fantastic way of introducing the concept of giving to Squidge.  Why don’t you have a look at the Oxfam Unwrapped shop.  You might just find the perfect gift for that difficult to buy person and do something good at the same time!


  1. maria
    November 23, 2010 /

    well said.. Admirable and ambitious…raisng a conscientious daughter already.. awesome ‘possum!

  2. kelloggsville
    November 24, 2010 /

    I had this cunning plan for a while too but then the school friend influence took over! I hope you manage to keep it up, but all the same enjoy it whilst the true spirit of Christmas lasts in her. That young excitment of christmas coming is so so wonderful and it sort of waned a bit after H reached about 9. I wish it could be bottled and liberally sprinkled over the world :0)

    • Lindy
      November 24, 2010 /

      I know, I’m going to soak it up for as long as possible!

  3. Mancais
    November 25, 2010 /

    Cracking idea

  4. November 25, 2010 /

    I’ve had chickens in the past they are a great present idea!

    • Lindy
      November 29, 2010 /

      I think it’s such a cool gift!