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I’m one of those people who love Christmas, have done for sixty-three years. I love the whole thing, not just the 25th but the twelve days so to speak, even the shopping! something I strongly dislike for the remainder of the year!

On Christmas day our three come over for breakfast, and we spend the day eating, playing games, talking, and on the phone to Scotland. The kids stay over for one or two nights. Sometimes it is just the five of us, sometimes others join us for dinner, I never really know who is coming, and that’s fine. I love all of it.

I think, in part, it is because of the way I experienced Christmas as a child. It wasn’t all about the presents, much as my brother and sister and I loved that part! it was about the other traditions we had around that time which carried on during the year. Our church helped to support a community in Africa, with families ‘adopting’ a child or a family. Much like is done today by other organizations. There were folk in need in our own area, and my mother always seemed to know who they were, and what to do about it. She wasn’t alone in doing this.

We continued that with our own kids, in much the same way, and as a family we help with some community dinners locally, and stuff like that. But it seems the need is greater with each passing year, both at home and abroad, there are just so many people without the simplest of basic needs.

Some twenty-six years ago several countries put out some songs to try and raise money, action and awareness of the great and terrible need our world has.
Canada did “Tears Are not Enough” http://youtu.be/VJN3u1wAWIk
USA did “We Are The World” http://youtu.be/M9BNoNFKCBI
The UK did “Do They Know it is Christmas” http://youtu.be/w5cX_ncZLls

At this time of the year we are filled with emotion so yes! we may give to different charities, but then comes January, life goes on, we have bills to pay etc. and so on….But you see the thing is, it also goes on for those who need our help. They still need food, clothes, shelter….everything they needed before Christmas, they still need after. I think I just wanted to say that this year. The need doesn’t diminish, it keeps growing.

I’m not going into or listing all the ways to give throughout the year, I’m sure you know those, both for your own area and abroad. There is though one small thing to help your local Food Banks. Most of our supermarkets have little tickets at the check-outs. It adds two dollars to your grocery bill, and goes to you local food bank, where as we know, they can do a lot more with that two dollars then we can. That is something which can be done all year, each time you do the family grocery shopping.

I don’t have answers as to how we can meet the needs of those in our own countries or abroad, but I do know that it will take all of us, to even start to make a difference, and not just at Christmas.

Below the cut is the updated version of “We Are The World’ done just last year.

Today’s Quote:
"Words are plentiful; deeds are precious." ~Lech Walesa


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 23rd, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year. :)
Dec. 24th, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Hope yours is also a good one, with all that is good for 2012.:))

Dec. 23rd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas! Sounds like you have had many memorable times together with you family throughout years passed! I hope the up-coming holidays will bring you a lot of happiness as well:)

green winter hugs
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
And Merry Christmas to you.:))

Mostly they have been good, if very tired ones! though we have had a few that are better forgotten!

I hope you have a lovely time this year, and only good for 2012.:)

Very green and wet here I'm afraid, no snow.

*hugs you back*
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
Mm, some things always need to be forgotten!

Thank you, all the best to you for the new year as well :)

Dec. 24th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas Liz. It sounds like you have a lovely Christmas surrounded by your family.

Hugs and love
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas to you my dear.:)

As I said above, they have been mostly good ones, with a few best forgotten.:))

Love and Hugs to you.
Dec. 24th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
I've never heard the Canadian song before, and here is the Danish

Sounds like you had and have lovely christmasses :)

Dec. 24th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
I don't think the Canadian one was heard often outside of the country!

Now you need to translate: I like the voices of those singing.

Most have been good ones, with a few best forgotten!!

Hope you have a lovely time today.:))

*Hugs you back*

Edited at 2011-12-24 05:10 am (UTC)
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Well basically it's we have a good life a long way from famine and in Africa it'll be better day for day if we give them a helping hand.

It was fun to watch it again.

Thanks, stress level is way down, I'm making chocolate, licorice almonds and very much looking forward to tonight.

More hugs back
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
Chocolate, licorice almonds! Those sound really good.:))

Have fun tonight.:)

*hugs again!*
Dec. 25th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
It's so true that giving shouldn't stop after Christmas. I try to make sure outgrown winter wear is donated when the cold weather starts and we try to donate every year to the "back to school" drive which provides not only school supplies but also school clothes for kids who need them. I make a point of buying underwear and socks for the older kids, especially boys.

We also have the program at the grocery and the money goes to the local food bank.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
Dec. 25th, 2011 04:20 am (UTC)
I've a couple of places we give used clothing to though we don't have as much now that the kids no longer live here.

I like your idea of buying some extra underwear etc.:)

I love the supermarket program for local food banks, it is so easy to do.

Yours will almost be over! It is going to be a very rainy holiday here.:)

*hugs you*
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