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a white Christmas for all

By Sarah Clayton | 24 November 2012 | Comments (2)

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People do Christmas differently.  I, for one, love all of the trimmings, lights and buying thoughtful presents for people I love.  But each year I’m becoming more aware of other people’s Christmasses, and how else I can be a blessing to others.

 

This year, inspired by Operation Christmas Child’s 100 millionth shoebox being sent out, I decided to get involved.  It’s been years since I made up a shoebox - and even then, only because my mum thought it would be good for my sister and me to get involved! - but I suddenly had the urge to go out and buy lovely gifts for a little girl who I’d never met.  My friend made a shoebox as well, and we both sat on the floor in her lounge, with her young daughter, making up our boxes together and explaining ‘why’ to her excited 3-year-old.  The best present in those boxes was definitely the new toy her daughter gave from her own toybox for a child she didn’t know.

 

It’s too late to make a shoebox now for this year, but another inspiring campaign this Christmas is the one led by Refuge – the charity for women and children, against domestic violence.  The charity provides temporary accommodation for women and children who need a refuge from domestic violence.  Each year, they make sure every woman and child in their care receives at least one Christmas present.  This year, they have a gift list with John Lewis: you can order gifts online, and Refuge will deliver them. Gifts cost between £2.99 and £40, and the gift list closes on December 6. Go to Johnlewisgiftlist.com and enter list number 522953.

 

It might be that money’s tight and that’s the one thing you can’t give this time of year.  The good news is there are lots of alternative ways to bless others at Christmas.  You can bake cookies, spend time writing encouraging messages in Christmas cards, invite someone to join you over Christmas, take a friend to a service at church, go carol singing without collecting money, let someone use your home on Christmas day when you’re visiting family...  I bet if you spent 10 minutes thinking over a cup of tea, you’d come up with something that would really bless someone you care about.

 

Lastly, why not check out thechristmastree.org.uk for inspiring stories and heart warming clips to get you in the mood?

Posted by Sarah Clayton

Sarah Clayton once looked after promotions and events at Stewardship and is passionate about giving.

comments:

Shona

November 28, 2012 8:46 PM
It's not actually too late to do a shoe box! You can do one online at www.samaritanspurse.org.uk and someone will fill and send a box for you

Frances

November 27, 2012 1:49 PM
Thank you - inspiring words, and practical action to enable us to look beyond ourselves and our family circle to others in need at Christmas.

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