News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Forget the Bling Bling, do the whanau thing this Christmas

3 December

Forget the Bling Bling, do the whanau thing this Christmas

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has rewritten the 12 Days of Christmas song with no-cost gifts people can give for Christmas.

The new twist on a familiar favourite Christmas song is in support of the ‘Forget the Bling Bling, Do the Whanau Thing’ campaign which was initiated three years ago.

Chief executive Judi Clements says the MHF is proud of its connection to the campaign as it is a good example of how to relieve stress and anxiety related to the season.

“Christmas has become so commercialised; there so much pressure to buy, buy, buy. The credit card can take a real hammering at this time of year and people are left with the stress of paying off debt.

“Communities are starting to rethink the way they celebrate Christmas. Spending time with family is what is important and there are lots of low-cost or even no-cost things people can do to make Christmas special.

“And of course giving is one of the MHF’s ways to wellbeing. Giving doesn’t have to be expensive – giving your time, your words or your presence is often more useful than an object,” Ms Clements says.

The 12 Days of Christmas song suggests gifts like shoulder rubs, art work from grandchildren, meditation training, home-made scones, a hand in the garden and even Gangnam dance lessons.

The MHF is also putting posters into Auckland libraries with the ‘Forget the Bling Bling, Do the Whanau Thing’ message. Vouchers, which can be filled in for whatever gift a person wishes to give and postcards which can be sent to people who live at a distance, are also available from the campaign’s facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Forget-the-bling-bling-do-the-whanau-thing/171172189632197?ref=hl).

“All you need to do is think about what talents and unique gifts you have that you can share with a family member as a gift,” Judi says.

The rewritten 12 Days of Christmas song is as follows:

Forget the Bling, do the whanau thing – 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my whanau gave to me a treasured old family recipe.

On the second day of Christmas my whanau gave to me a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the third day of Christmas my whanau gave to me three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the fourth day of Christmas my whanau gave to me a walk down the beach, three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the fifth day of Christmas my whanau gave to me a batch of home-made scones, a walk down the beach, three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the sixth day of Christmas my whanau gave to me meditation training, a batch of home-made scones, a walk down the beach, three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the seventh day of Christmas my whanau gave to me seven foot rub vouchers, meditation training, a batch of home-made scones, a walk down the beach, three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the eighth day of Christmas my whanau gave to me art work from the mokos, seven foot rub vouchers, meditation training, a batch of home-made scones, a walk down the beach, three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the ninth day of Christmas my whanau gave to me nine gangnam lessons, art work from the mokos, seven foot rub vouchers, meditation training, a batch of home-made scones, a walk down the beach, three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the tenth day of Christmas my whanau gave to me 10 minutes for a chat, nine gangnam lessons, art work from the mokos, seven foot rub vouchers, meditation training, a batch of home-made scones, a walk down the beach, three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my whanau gave to me a new family photo, 10 minutes for a chat, nine gangnam lessons, art work from the mokos, seven foot rub vouchers, meditation training, a batch of home-made scones, a walk down the beach, three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my whanau gave to me 12 reasons I’m important, a new family photo, 10 minutes for a chat, nine gangnam lessons, art work from the mokos, seven foot rub vouchers, meditation training, a batch of home-made scones, a walk down the beach, three books at bedtime, a hand in the garden and a treasured old family recipe.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

EPMU: Fourth Pike River Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news