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The perfect antidote to Black Friday Fever

by Lindsey Nathan on 13 November 2017 16:38pm 1905

Could a different approach to Christmas shopping make us happier?

Touted as the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday is a relatively new, but an already entrenched import from America, where retailers heavily discount their prices to tempt people to splash their cash in the run-up to Christmas.

It can be easy to get carried away by the shopping mania, but it can also leave many wondering what tone the bargain fest sets for the festive period.

Here’s an alternative: instead of being caught up in the buying frenzy, ticking things off your own (probably ever-growing) list, offer to help an elderly neighbour with their Christmas shopping.

A trip outside the house

Taking older people out for an evening of Christmas shopping; to see the window displays, buy gifts and marvel at the festive lights could make all the difference to their week. It could also rekindle your joy for finding special gifts for loved ones, free from the time pressures imposed when seizing a bargain.

Slow down

So, instead of being sucked into the retail madness this year why not avoid Friday 24th November altogether and wait until the whirlwind subsides. Take a slower approach, spend time with an older member of your community who might otherwise be excluded from the build up to Christmas.

Little touches

It’s often the little touches that bring happiness to a person’s day and that’s never truer than at Christmas time. We’ve come up with a list of how our Home Helpers can make all the difference to the elderly in your community:   

  • Help with the Christmas shopping

  • Put Christmas trees or decorations up

  • Write or deliver Christmas cards

  • Wrap Christmas presents

  • Watch a Christmas movie together

  • Have a good old singsong

  • Help prepare meals and festive treats

Time together

Most importantly, Christmas is about being in the company of others; Close to Hand wants to help banish isolation over the festive period and beyond.

We love this quote from an anonymous writer, which for us sums it up nicely: “Fill your life with experiences, not things; have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

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