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Dictation - Xmas


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Dictation Text - Xmas

It's (It is) certainly nice to see lots of presents under the tree on Christmas morning, but it does seem extremely wasteful. Many presents end up being unwanted.

Here are some interesting ideas for getting rid of those unwanted gifts:

Give one away whenever you need to give a gift to someone, e.g. when the gift doesn't have to be very personal. Remember to make a note stating who gave the item to you in the first place so that you don't make the mistake of giving it back to them.

Give unwanted presents to a local charity store, the charity will be happy to have them.

Hold a 'bad gift swap' party the week after Christmas with all your friends...each person brings the gift they hated the most and everyone swaps.

Visit an old people's home or children's home. Bag up the presents and bring a bit of happiness to someone else.

If none of the above suggestions appeal to you why not auction any unwanted items on EBay!

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