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So guys I’m guessing that by now most of you have put up your Christmas decorations, and if not: you need to catch up!
In my house the decorations are up. Not as many as normal for a few reasons:
1 - The electricity prices are way too high this year; normally our house is the brightest in our street, we have hundreds of lights and silhouettes
2 - A change in family circumstances that has meant all the joy of Christmas has been sucked out of us this year
But back to decorations...
You will see shiny decorations going up, big light up ones and all sorts, but we need to think about those who don’t have all that we have. That’s right, I’m talking about the people on the streets this year, and those in third world countries.
I had the pleasure a few years ago to go over to Ghana, and over there they celebrate Christmas but not as we do: they don’t have Christmas trees and lights and presents and everything: no, they go to church; they spend time with their families; they live the day, and share what little they have with those who have nothing.
Yet us Brits are never satisfied with what we receive: it’s like if we don’t like it, we take it back to the store and get the money back. Well I say NO, not this year. I pledge to give the gifts that I don’t want to someone who needs it, someone who needs someone to show compassion and love at this time of year. I pledge to give any gifts that I will never use to T? Hafan Children’s Hospice.
I urge you to join me in this compassion, I ask you to join me, and take my hand, and walk through those doors and give these children the gift of love this year. I ask you to help provide a Christmas and a future for these children in need.
I also ask you to spare a thought this year when you are having your Christmas dinner (or whichever family occasion or religious event you follow) please think about those who have no food this year, those who are on the streets, in the cold.
Also this year I would ask you to check on your elderly neighbours, make sure they are well and if not inform their families asap, let them know the situation. If you don’t know who their families are, tell your parents, let them know.
And for a final thought:
Pets are for life, NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS.