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Try these tips for combating 'affluenza'
Mon, 2 Dec 2002 14:31:52 -0600
Dec. 2, 2002 News media contact: Tim Tanton7(615)742-54707Nashville, Tenn.
NOTE: This is a sidebar to UMNS story #557.
By Julie K. Buzbee*
Got a bad case of "affluenza" and you don't know what to do? Here's a
7 Give to others whose needs are greater than yours.
7 Limit television.
7 Read old-fashioned Christmas stories aloud with your family.
7 Read the Christmas story from the Bible on Christmas eve or at
another time during Advent -- Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 2:1-12.
7 Stay aware of suffering in the world.
7 Join a church that shares these values.
7 Plan ahead.
7 Learn about the real St. Nicholas.
7 Make a nice dinner and deliver it.
7 Give your spouse a coupon for a massage.
7 Take an elderly friend or relative to lunch.
7 Take a child for a day of in-line skating, sledding, swimming or
visiting the zoo.
7 Avoid debt.
7 Avoid stress.
7 Draw names for Christmas gifts.
7 Give children one thing they really want.
7 Give appropriate gifts and alternative gifts, such as donations to
the United Methodist Committee on Relief, (800) 841-1235.
7 Give coupon books for things such as your housecleaning or a car oil
7 Celebrate Advent for four weeks with the booklet Whose Birthday Is It
Anyway? from Alternatives for Simple Living.
7 Put the gifts under the tree shortly before opening them. Open one
gift at a time.
7 Make changes slowly but persistently.
7 Make gift-card donations to programs like the Society of St. Andrew
hunger ministry, (800) 333-4597.
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*Buzbee is a journalist residing in St. Joseph, Mo.
United Methodist News Service
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