Well, the festive season is here again and as usual most of us are pushing ourselves harder than normal to make sure everyone around us has a magical Christmas. We spend more than we should, eat more than we should and sometimes drink more than we should – guess that’s why it’s also referred to as the “silly season”!
The tree is decorated, the halls decked, some gifts wrapped and in position and the last minute hunting and gathering is about to commence where we will jostle with every other frazzled shopper for the best of the last fresh produce. Why do we do it to ourselves?
We went to friends the other night for Christmas drinks and to catch up with a few people we don’t see often enough and one of the conversations of the evening revolved around the madness of this time of year and sparing a thought for those who, for whatever reason, have to spend Christmas on their own. I know some people choose that option, but many don’t and when I contemplate that thought it makes me realise just how far, from the true meaning of Christmas, we have strayed.
Several of the participants in the discussion indicated their desire to support homeless shelters; community/soup kitchens etc. over the period and others gave examples of what they do to support services that provide some comfort to those not blessed with family and friends to share the time with or the resources to spend extra.
I don’t want to put a dampener on your celebrations, nor do I want you to stop fussing over or spoiling your families at Christmas. I could ask you to fruitlessly “spare a thought for those less fortunate”, but realistically who does that actually help? It just provides a salve for our own consciences.
My suggestion is; over the next twelve months, if you do not already, that you make a conscious effort to “gift” at least some of what might normally be spent (ensuring WE all enjoy OUR Christmas) to an organisation that actually does provide year-round assistance to those who need it most.
Your conscience, waistline and liver will appreciate the sacrifice.
What think ye?