Faced with an endless list of things to do and buy before Christmas, there’s a real risk of becoming cynical about Christmas. The antidote is to shop and give mindfully rather than to shop on auto-pilot. This year I’ve chosen gifts at farmers markets, artists open-houses, Gumtree and car-boot sales. I agreed to not exchange gifts with some people and also bought some toys I’d rather not have bought (I blame Father Christmas!). There’s no right and wrong in this, what matters at Christmas is being mindful in our choices and striking the right balance between our values, our budget, and thinking about what people need and would make them feel special and loved by you. Then we can focus on what matters most at Christmas which is being together, feeling gratitude for the gift of life, and enjoying the magic.