By this point in the Blogmas series you will realise how important Christmas is to me, it is one of my favourite times of year but in this post I will be looking at the significance of Christmas and how important it is around the world. I’ll start off with the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place. This year, I will be with my dad, I haven’t been with my dad for Christmas in a few years so I’m super excited, I will be with the in laws on Christmas Eve to make it all fair between my mum and dad and Paul’s parents.
I am a person who believes in God, I am a person who believes that there is something out there that is more powerful than anything else, I don’t openly talk about religion because I don’t want people to feel like I am forcing my beliefs on them.
Christmas is important for a variety of different reasons, for example religions come together to celebrate, Jews celebrate Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights, Muslims celebrate Ramadan, Hindu’s celebrate the birthday of Krishna etc, people are thankful for the people around them, not only that people take time to spend time with loved ones, it’s not about present giving it’s about making other people smile more than anything in the world.
For me, Christmas is all about taking time out for the people I love, having a day where I can sit, play games with my family, eat food together and make them smile with some awful cracker jokes. It’s not about presents, however I do love giving presents at Christmas, I get so excited to give people their presents because I put so much thought into it, I look a what they might like, what they might need all things that are so important, but my favourite thing is spending time with them.
The thing about Christmas is the fact that it should never be about the amount of money that you should spend, in essence it should be more about feeling grateful for the people that you have around you, money cannot buy happiness, and I think sometimes when it comes to Christmas people forget that. I remember one Christmas, the last Christmas before my Nan died she got me this table and chair, they were wooden, and it meant that I could go in the garden in the summer and draw and paint, it was one of the best Christmas presents I ever received.
I know that Christmas is such a beautiful and magical time of the year, especially for children, I have to admit I’m super excited to see my goddaughter who is almost 2, I went a bit present mad this year, I can’t help it, she is so adorable and I love her to absolute pieces, as well as her mumma and dad who are 2 of Paul & I best friends.
Make Christmas meaningful this year, there are people out there who are struggling to make ends meet, who are dreading Christmas because they might be alone or they might not have the funds to get all of these expensive gifts advertised on TV, or maybe they are struggling with their health, give a little back.
- Donate a little portion of your food shopping, even if it is just some Christmas chocolate or some drinks, leave it for food banks for a reduced price so people who are less fortunate than us can share in the Christmas joy.
- Volunteering can really help people, if there are businesses that are around who need people to help, give up a few hours of your time off to support others.
- Be grateful for everything you have, that might sound so simple but we are lucky, there are people out there who might not have a roof over their head, someone who is going hungry because they are trying to feed their children, or maybe someone has been made redundant, it is important to remember what we have and how lucky we are.
- Operation Christmas Child – this is something I have done for years, especially when I was at school as they introduced us to it, basically what we did is we filled a shoebox with small gifts, I remember filling mine with drawing bits, games, Christmas chocolate and toys putting everything I physically could in there.
- Give to charity – there are so many charities out there who are looking for support during the festive period, people like The Salvation Army who help people of different ages through Christmas. Whether they’re alone or have children, every little helps.
Every little thing that you give can really help.