Our Christmas Message

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of year again when we all go just a little bit crazy and that’s just fine. A little crazy is good.

2020 has been a wild ride. So much has happened that it feels like 5 years. I reckon this is just the beginning and hope that the transition into 2021 isn’t as horrifying as the transition into 2020 was, what with the huge bushfires around us in Oz.

If you haven’t started growing your own food yet, there is the opportunity to turn that Christmas present money into food and self reliance by buying seeds and seedlings and get your garden started.

Instead of toys, you could buy seeds. Instead of clothes, buy someone you love a couple of bags of potting mix. Instead of alcohol, you could look at starting or topping up a supply of food in your home. There are so many alternatives to ‘BUY BUY BUY’ !

Of course, this supposes that you have spare cash around.

We are blessed in Gawler by the presence of some very active charities and help groups. I know the Elderly Centre has a free Christmas lunch most years. Check with your local groups to see what they are offering. Even if you don’t need food, the company could be appreciated. A laugh and a song with strangers can help folks out of the Christmas blues.

On that note, I’ve been meeting folks lately who are already stressed or at least well on the way because they can’t keep up with the Christmas rush. They don’t have money for lavish gifts or big Christmas dinner spreads.

My message to them is that you don’t have to buy into it. We’re all well aware of how much of a con it is, funneling your money into the pockets of retailers but every year folks get on that rollercoaster ehen they don’t have to. You don’t have to participate in that craziness. You don’t have to do it.

Have a quiet one with friends and family. Lots of folks handmade gifts nowadays. If you don’t have the skills to make something, it helps to recall that the gifts aren’t the thing.

As an offshoot of that thinking, I’m not adding any Chrissy pics to this post. No tags or things to get it found online. Were sticking with the simplest possible message. No pics of a 1930s Coca Cola promotional characters either.

After all that, the Haines family, here at Ligaya Garden wish you a happy festive season, whatever your faith or beliefs. It’s a couple of weeks when we can just relax. So just chill and love each other a little bit more.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year’s celebration 🎉

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