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I wrote recently about some of the Christmas stuff that I find frustrating but I do still participate in certain aspects. This is primarily when we’re with other family members.
So this year as we had planned trips to visit family I did buy a few gifts.
Now I have some rules. Wherever possible I only buy gifts that are fair trade or hand made.
I also make a few things myself. Generally these are useful and consumable like soap or jam.
I thought I’d share one such example primarily because it was unusual and clever.
It was also a story of goodwill and trust in the modern world. What’s not to like?
This delightful picture is hand made from sewn fabric in a patchwork style. I think it’s tremendous.
I’m really liked the design and the choice of fabric and think it’s a clever idea.
We went looking for them at a fair in Rotterdam after a recommendation from a friend who had seen them at another craft event.
But here’s the great bit. It was so nice I liked a pair of them.
But the challenge was, at the fair where they were on sale, there was no payment except cash.
And I only had enough money to pay for one.
Without batting an eyelid the creator of these beautiful pictures simply told me to transfer the money.
When I got home!
How cool is that?
Now, I think that’s a good example of goodwill in the same named season.
I did transfer the money straight away.
Did you experience any great examples of trust and kindness in the festive season?
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