Christmas charity starts with the government
Is HM Treasury a charity, you might not think so but The Charities Advisory Trust have a different take on it.
The trust has produced its Christmas Good Gifts Catalog, it has the expected trees for British woods and watertanks for African schools, as you would expect from the pioneers of giving a goat for Christmas, but it also has a £20 voucher to "Whittle down the National Debt"
"I may be the maddest person in Britain, but I thought it would tickle people's fancy" said Dame Hilary Blume, the director of the charity
We are not sure how serious the idea is and Dame Hilary Blume may have been joking when she said "I don't care what my five-year-old granddaughter thinks of the gift, as long as she says thank you,"
The listing in the catalog is: "Why lumber your descendants with a staggering debt burden? Now is the time to start reducing the National Debt in their names (and their interest). A wonderful present for children and grandchildren."
With the debt standing at £825 billion (plus interest depending on when you reading this) it is going to take a lot more than the £500 worth of sales to date to make a dent in it.
An alternative is to donate to your favorite charity via http://www.cardsforcharity.co.uk