// In collaboration with NOA
Remember when you were little and you couldn’t wait for Christmas so you could open your pile of presents? How presents were the highlight of the day because then you could finally get everything you wished for!
During the holiday season one custom that is shared around the globe is the exchange of presents. We run around town to buy the biggest, most expensive presents and the pressure is there, yet again. And with this tradition comes the negative outcome on our environment. Did you know that one of the biggest sources of waste each Christmas is wrapping paper, with more than 8,000 tons being used each year? That equals approximately 50 000 trees! I know, why care? It’s a tradition to exchange gifts, right.
What we seem to forget is that giving comes in various forms.
You don’t need to buy expensive gift to show someone you care. You can give your time, your warmth and friendship, a hug or a shoulder to lean on. You can share a meal, or exchange stories while going for a long walk. Give someone your time and presence.
What I have learned as I have grown is that the joy of making someone else happy through my presence and small acts of kindness is a far better feeling than giving an expensive gift. Because sharing is caring. Watching someone break into a smile because of you is without doubt the best feeling in the world, worth far more than any material item.
I am not saying there is something wrong in buying presents (I still do) this is just something to keep in the back of your mind when the pressure of buying presents gets too big (which it often can). And whatever you decide to give, presents or your time, do so with love. Because love is the most important thing, not the price tags under the Christmas tree.
Today I am sharing a NOA with my love. As simple as that, but it made him happy!
By: Henriette Danielsen