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Why doing your Christmas shopping now isn’t such a bad idea

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

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Cerith Gardiner - published on 10/20/21

There are 3 hidden benefits to the current supply chain crisis.

It’s true that we often bemoan the fact that shops are commercializing Christmas by putting up their decorations and showcasing gifts many weeks before Advent has even started. However, this year we might be a little grateful for their early preparations.

You’ve no doubt seen in the media the number of issues with the supply chain distribution that is affecting many parts of the world, including the United States. Very simply put: due to COVID, and the ensuing fall in production, as well as a lack of employees to deliver goods, there are many sectors of the retail industry that have been affected with a shortage in supply. All those electronics and longed-for Christmas toys are not making their way to the shelves. By Christmas, when moms and dads dash around trying to get their children their presents, there is a possibility that they’ll be leaving the stores empty handed.

So some super-organized parents have decided to stock up now, and others are re-thinking Christmas this year and opting for more homespun gifts sourced locally. The great news is that both solutions happen to be great for those who want to celebrate the real meaning of Advent and Christmas.

You can focus on Advent

If you think about it, the Christmas period is generally chaotic. Many of us run around trying to create the perfect family Christmas. (This often involves those last minute runs to the store.)

But if you’ve already done your Christmas shopping well in advance, you can focus on “preparing the way” spiritually for the coming of Jesus Christ without all the usual distractions.

You can embrace the hope and faith that Christ’s birth brings, and bathe in the peace that comes with switching off and becoming “mute.” And as we move forward to the final weeks before Christ’s coming, we can focus on love — loving our families and friends and spending time with them. And finally celebrating the joy of His arrival.

You can change your gift mentality

For those who can’t get their shopping done yet, or who maybe have limited funds, perhaps you can re-think your gift-giving. It’s not just the shiny parcels that count, it’s the time and thought that goes in to finding the gift.

Whether you make up a little voucher book offering your child 10 of their favorite activities that you seldom have time to do, or you get a little crafty and build something they’ll love (or find someone who can!), your kids will appreciate your efforts, and they’ll be more appreciated in the long run.

You can support your local community

Sometimes it’s so easy to click “add to basket” on various online shops that we forget there are real people just around the corner selling the same items. While it might not be as practical, or may be a little more expensive, by supporting our local retailers, we keep them in business, and help keep people in work. This is good for our communities.

In search of your gifts this year, you might come across artisans and find yourselves some real treasures, both in the goods that you buy, and in the craftsmen and women who’ve used their skills to make them.

Whatever you decide to do, look out for our upcoming gift guides that will provide you with some inspiration for meaningful and often faith-filled gifts for your friends and family this year!

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