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"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."

- Douglas H. Everett

The Christmas Spirit

By Sharda ten Hove on 08 December 2012

Since a few weeks, shops around the world, especially in developed countries, have been decorated for Christmas. We are not here to tell you that Christmas shopping is bad, it's good to be able to give a nice gift to people we love. All we ask is that whatever you do, do it consciously, including shopping for Christmas.

The essence of Christmas was and still should be to care for each other. Not merely give nice items to people we love but to extend your gift, the gift of giving to those less fortunate. We are constantly being pushed towards more purchases, things we do not need and most certainly does not bring us real joy. Even worse…the more we get caught up in the ‘consumer trap’, the further we move from what brings us true joy and what helps us to remember that we are all somehow interconnected.

This year, lets try to do it differently. This year with your family and friends, buy less for each other but give more to one another. Go into a soup kitchen and help prepare food for the hungry. Bake cookies for the homeless. Together with your family and friends go to a shelter and help in any way to contribute to the Christmas Spirit. On Christmas eve light a candle for those in need, without exceptions.

When buying less and giving more from the heart you are participating in a social and sustainable world for a better future for everyone.
Give with your heart and spread the true Christmas Spirit, it will enrich your life and those of others.

Wishing everyone everywhere a warm, loving and joyful Christmas!

About the author

Sharda ten Hove

Founder, Ethical Vegan, Yogi, Social Activist

Sharda was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Descended from an Indian mother and Dutch father, she received a multi-cultural upbringing during which she gained a broad perspective on life.…  Read full bio