Have you ever read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott? It’s one of my favourite childhood books, mostly for the fact that the main heroine has my name (or I have hers) and I longed to live in Orchard House in the mid-Victorian era.
BBC have a new three-part adaptation on over Christmas, so do lookout for it in the schedules.It will be lovely to watch the March girls as they grow up into full beautifulness of body and spirit again, although I really have to put in a big word for the Winona Ryder/Susan Sarandon version. In terms of presenting the story without schmaltz and sentimentality, they did a really good job.
This year, grab the chance to watch your favourite version of Little Women. Cry over Beth, laugh at Jo’s hair, feel the ache of having a father at war. And then do something March-ish. Gather some old clothes, unused toys or craft stuff, extra books and take them to your local charity shop. Save your pound coins for the rest of December and put them in the first charity box you meet in January. Buy doubles of some tinned goods and pass them on to the local food bank. Sit down and make your Christmas present to yourself a donation to charity. Do something altruistic, for others, just for the hell of it.
I guarantee, the act of sharing is a gift to yourself.
Christmas isn’t Christmas without presents…
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