For day four of Blogmas I thought I would talk about what Christmas means to me. For me, the Christmas period is all about giving and spending time with the ones you love. It’s about putting a smile on someone else’s face, whether that’s through a thoughtful gift or charity work, or just catching up over a cup of hot chocolate or a drink. It’s about warm nights beside the fire, cuddling with my dog or watching him sleep contentedly.
Every year, I try to give a little extra to good causes. I always donate toys to local charities, who will distribute them to families living in poverty to try to ensure every child can have a great Christmas. I’m very fortunate to have come from a relatively well-off background, and I have always been spoiled rotten around Christmas. I can’t imagine waking up to the cold reality that I won’t get anything for Christmas, while seeing on social media or hearing from friends what others have received. It puts a smile on my face knowing that the toys and gifts I have donated could make someone’s day.
Another great way to make sure someone has a Christmas they could otherwise not afford is to donate to local food banks. Many supermarkets will have donation bins near the entrance/exit, where they will be looking for non-perishable/longer life items to make food parcels for the festive period. Several local charities in my area also have schemes to sponsor a family in need’s Christmas dinner, and some even bring people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas together for a meal.
Something I recently found out about through Twitter which really touched my heart was BookTrust’s Christmas campaign which sends books to children in care. Each package contains a book tailored to the child’s age, a special festive poster, and a special postcard. It’s a beautiful idea to make a child in care’s Christmas, and the quotes from children who have received the parcels in previous years honestly left me in tears. You can give any amount, so it’s a really easy way to give something back this Christmas.
Why not check out charities in your local area with a quick web search to see what you can help out with this festive period, whether that’s financially or with your time?