“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens
By Catherine Austin Fitts
A Solari Report Subscriber asked what I would recommend for Christmas gifts. Here are some of the gifts I like to give.
CASH, CHECKS, OR SAVINGS
I find that many people, particularly young people, love receiving cash or a check. Whatever really clever ideas I might have for presents, people often know what they most want. Some unexpected cash makes it easier for them to get their heart’s desire.
I also often encourage parents to open a college savings or brokerage account or plan for their children, and then invite all the relatives to steadily fund it at birthdays and holidays.
A sovereign silver or gold coin is a great way to give money in a form that encourages young people to save or helps their parents save for college. I also like to give children coins from other countries from around the world to help them learn about countries and currencies.
STORE CREDIT AND GIFT CARDS
Someone can always use a credit at their favorite store. A gift card or credit at someone’s favorite butcher, wine shop, or food market may also make for a more lavish Christmas dinner.
Some favorites I use:
Body Deli – This Palm-Springs-area store offers intriguing fresh, organic “superfood” skin care. Consider a body lotion that is nutritious too!
Lehmans – This Ohio store was created to serve the Amish. It has grown into one of the premier catalogues for gardening, country, and non-electric living.
LL Bean – This Maine store has been keeping the feet of outdoor lovers and hunters dry and warm for decades. Here is my review: “Why I Love LL Bean”
One of the best presents I ever received was from a business partner. She gave me a detailed write-up of her favorite books. It was fascinating. Her write-up came with a gift certificate to her favorite local book store. She had arranged for the store owner to spend time with me to help me pick out the books I wanted. All I had to do was make an appointment.
I recently received a gift card from a client for an online book store. I have always wanted a hard copy of the complete works of Aristotle. Sure enough, the card inspired me to buy something I had always wanted but kept putting off as a luxury (given the 400+ books that are sitting in the “must read” pile).
Here are links to the Solari Report Best Books for 2020 to inspire your efforts. See also:
Christmas is a time when we often eat rich foods and large meals. My current favorite New Year’s book is The Complete Guide to Fasting by Jimmy Moore and Dr. Jason Fung. My church in Washington practiced fasts in January. Now, without a church to inspire me, I dive into The Complete Guide to Fasting. Here is my book review.
For a more expensive present, you might want to introduce someone to the benefits of deuterium-depleted water. Here is my source: Qlarivia. Give it time, as it ships from Romania.
Good health starts with nutrition. However, many people are busy, and it takes time to sleuth out the best food sources in your area. Dig up a good list and information on the best farmers, ranchers, farmers markets, and CSAs in your area—as well as the best butchers, grocers, and restaurants—and give the information as a gift, along with a little something from one of the identified sources. One of the magazines from Edible Communities and the shopping guide from the Weston A. Price Foundation may also be able to help.
A copy of our 2nd Quarter Wrap Up: The Injection Fraud – A Sane Person’s Guide to the Pandemic can provide a great summary of people and sources to help busy people understand the pandemic health issues. These are including in our Holiday Gift Packages. Individual copies will be available to subscribers before Christmas.
MORE LAVISH GIFTS
Now is a good time to bring the spa to your home. How about giving a gift of health equipment desirable to and appropriate for the person receiving your gift? Options include items such as a sun lamp, an ion cleanse machine, a QRS machine, or an infrared sauna.
If travel restrictions lift, how about funding visits to the amazing museums that Your Culture Scout has reviewed over the last two years in her amazing column Food for the Soul?
Or, how about purchasing a share in a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) for loved ones? Or consider refinancing out their debt at a lower interest rate—thereby keeping the income in the family instead of the banking system.
One of my favorite Solari Reports is Coming Clean – Transforming Lives Through the Power of Cleaning with Eunice Boston. When I lived in New York, I would buy a spring cleaning by Eunice’s company for a really special friend or colleague. This was a multi-day, intense experience. Yes, your home got super clean beyond what you could imagine—and super organized. The field changed. As one partner who received this gift said, “You should have warned me that this would be a spiritual experience.” Eunice and her company literally saved my life; we tell the story in the Solari Report. If your recipient is near New York, hire Eunice and her team to do their complete, transformative deep-clean. If not, find a team of high integrity locally.
Another gift that is a little less lavish than travel or the world’s finest home or business cleaning is a vintage typewriter—a great tool to have to preserve free speech and classic communications like personal notes. You can find a good selection at Etsy. I now have a vintage typewriter, and I am very glad I do.
ON A BUDGET
If you are on a budget, there are plenty of great gifts that will work for you.
During my “Enemy of the State” period, the team harassing me used to steal one possession of financial or sentimental value whenever I left home. This pattern is not unusual in such cases. I decided that no one would use my possessions as weapons against me. So I made a list of my valuable possessions and then steadily gave them away at Christmas and birthdays over the subsequent years: Hermes and Cartier watches and scarves, Italian handbags, custom-tailored coats, good silver and china, and paintings. One lucky relative got a Renoir etching.
I am not suggesting you give away all your possessions. However, if you look around your house and are honest with yourself, there are undoubtedly things that you have that you don’t use or value that could bring great joy to someone you love. And some that will bring great joy to families that could use a helping hand.
Let’s Go to the Movies
Everyone loves a good movie. Play the same game with movies as with books. Here are lists I like to use:
Here is the list of all the movies and documentaries we have recommended and reviewed in The Solari Report from 2008-2019. There will be an updated list in the 2020 Annual Wrap Up published in January. Until then, you can find out which movies we recommended this year by clicking on the Let’s Go to the Movies logo under Culture on the Solari Report home page.
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Decorating the Ancestors’ Graves
Christmas is a time to honor our ancestors, whose lives and accomplishments contributed to the many blessings we enjoy. Visiting ancestors’ graves with someone you love and sharing time to celebrate family and the “meaning of the season” is a wonderful thing to do. You can acquaint young people with their heritage or celebrate memories with those who are older and might have difficulty making the trip on their own. Send pictures of your visit to family and friends who are far away or not able to come, so they can participate from a distance.
FOCUS ON KIDS
In 2010, I wrote a small book, Gifting to the Children We Love, to assist my clients. I kept talking with families. Some people had money. Some people had time. By pooling resources, they could do a lot more for the children in their extended family. I was hoping this collection would help.
What I would most like to give every child I know for Christmas is a course in creating their own encryption systems. This is Bill Binney’s great idea. If we teach all the young people how to make their own proprietary encryption systems and to create businesses making encryption systems for local businesses, we can start to rebuild local economies. I am going to ask Bill help us figure out how to do this. Invite your ideas as well. Let’s figure it out!
Other great ideas for young people include a garden kit or course to teach them how to start growing food from a very early age or explore and teach them the great traditions of Christmas like the lighting of the Advent candles each evening or where candy canes came from (see the short video on our Christmas Culinary Traditions.)
THE SOLARI REPORT
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Every year, Solari makes a donation to groups that help us honor the spirit of giving and Peace on Earth. In 2010, we donated to a food bank in every country and state in which we had subscribers. Consider a donation to your local food bank this Christmas. Give donations in the name of other people as a gift as well. You can see our 2010-2017 Christmas donations at our Holiday Greetings website.
This year in our holiday greeting we announce our Christmas donation to our TAKE ACTION CROWDFUND. We invite you to join us in supporting the people fighting fearlessly to protect your human and property rights.
We post our weekly donations in News Trends & Stories and then publish a master list in our Annual Wrap Up and selected Quarterly Wrap Up web presentations. The world is full of great groups worth supporting, starting with excellent documentary filmmakers and members of the independent media. Truth is a great investment at Christmas and throughout the year.
I will post more ideas during the Christmas Season if I have them. I know our subscribers also have great ideas, so post yours in the comments section!
Most of all, make sure you take time for you and yours during this special time of the year. The best present of all is Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men!