I count myself very lucky to have been brought up in a family where, no matter where else you are for the rest of the year, Christmas is a time for us all to be together. From watching ‘Elf’ and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ together and quoting along with them to piling our plates so high on mum’s Christmas dinner that it takes 20 mins of eating before you hit Turkey…Christmas is my favourite!
As the daughter of ministers, you can imagine that Christmas is the busiest time of year! But, even in the midst of the busy, some of family traditions hold firm. Ever since I can remember, Christmas has been spent giving back and caring for the people who would have nothing to celebrate otherwise: Serving food to homeless people and sharing in their Christmas Day; going to old people’s homes to sing Christmas carols with them and give gifts; standing in the street singing carols and collecting donations towards all these people who are in desperate need; collecting then distributing children’s toys for families who struggle at this expensive time of year. Nothing compares to the smiles, endless hugs and the thankfulness of those you have helped.
Christmas, for me, has always been a time to give back. Everyone is a little kinder, a little more generous, and are a little more loving. In a world where there is so much suffering and so many who have so little, the small acts of kindness make a huge difference!
If you have the opportunity to give back this Christmas, please do. It is so worth it!