Christmas Without Cash
Big on Spirit, Low on Money
By Gay Norton Edelman
’Tis the season! To be jolly, to celebrate life, to reconnect with loved ones, to make merry and—to shop. But recently the whole country has had opportunities to look at ways to be more careful and considerate about how and what we buy. This year, we have a chance to seek the true spirit of the season rather than get wrapped up in the more commercial aspects. As they say, "It’s the thought that counts." Here are 12 ideas I’ve gathered for a richer, not more expensive, Christmas.
Gay Norton Edelman is a senior editor at Family Circle magazine. She writes frequently on spiritual issues; her favorite gifts are donations to her favorite charities, but she’s not a bit opposed to shiny packages, too.