Christmas Is A Time For Giving

Christmas Is A Time For Giving

As Christmas draws closer I wanted to share my thoughts on Christmas and the importance of giving. I remember being in brownies as a little girl and we took part in a carol concert at a huge old church which was kind of creepy. The whole service was foreign to me, it was not the religion I was taught at home and the procedures or ways things happened was all a little strange.

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I cant even remember everything that happened at the Christmas service but what I do remember was singing the song “In the Bleak Mid-winter” It was the first time I’d heard the song and I never forgot the words,

“What shall I give him poor as I am, If I were a Shepherd I would give a lamb, If I were a wise man I would do my part, yet what can I give him? Give him my heart”.

These words etched into my heart as a little girl and whether one believes in religion, Christianity or some other faith, the point is Christmas is a time for giving, to share, to be kind and generous and help those in need. Christmas is a time to love others, to be more thoughtful and pay more attention to those around us.

It doesn’t matter who we are, or what we do or do not believe. We can all focus on the important truth and that is that happiness does not result from what we get but from what we give.

Each year I try to do something special for others. We may be a secret pixie and drop something which is needed off on a neighbours door. We may help out a food bank or make a shoe box of toys for a child less fortunate. These are the memories I remember each year, not the gifts I receive but the feelings I get as I teach my child to give.

I believe giving is really important. I will continue to teach my child this and I think it is a great message for this time of the year.

Angela x

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22 Comments

  1. December 12, 2016 / 10:29 am

    I agree, that a lot of the meaning of Christmas is lost in shopping, sales and showing off things. It is important to remember that it is a time for sharing too. Great reminder 🙂

    • Angela
      December 13, 2016 / 3:55 am

      Thanks Sarah. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It is important to share.

  2. December 12, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I think it’s very important to give something extra at Christmas, whether that is a bigger tip in a restaurant, paying for someone’s coffee, or doing the shopping for an elderly neighbour.

    • Angela
      December 13, 2016 / 3:53 am

      I totally agree. I think we should not run faster then we have strength. It is important to give to others what we can.

  3. December 12, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    My PA and I always do a shoebox for kiddies and then ive just sent some stuff off to a domestic shelter as well x

    • Angela
      December 13, 2016 / 3:50 am

      That’s really great Rachel. It’s always good to do shoeboxes!

  4. December 12, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    Lovely words! I completely agree, it’s always important to give back at Christmas. Whether it’s by donating to a food bank or giving a little extra to charity, it all helps x

    • Angela
      December 13, 2016 / 3:49 am

      I totally agree. I love to help those I know who are struggling if and when I am able.

  5. December 12, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Wow I love this post! Couldn’t agree more. So much to be done from food banks, giving a bit extra or simply volunteering. So many charities have events and need help! 🙂 x

    • Angela
      December 13, 2016 / 3:47 am

      oh that’s cool. I think its a great time of year to think of others.

  6. December 12, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    Yes, it is a time of giving. I had not ever heard that song before. I like it.

    • Angela
      December 13, 2016 / 3:45 am

      Thanks Roy. I like it too! I’ve never forgotten it since childhood.

  7. December 13, 2016 / 7:42 am

    This is a fab post, really reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. x

    • Angela
      December 13, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks Jazmin 🙂 Glad you agree.

  8. December 13, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    I love spending time with my family at christmas, we all live scattered across the country so really it’s the one time of year we are all under the same roof – that’s my favourite thing about the season for sure.

    • Angela
      December 13, 2016 / 2:42 pm

      Me too. It is great to gather together as family for the special occassion.

  9. December 14, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Giving is great and I love to buy presents for my loved ones, just to see their faces when they open them.

    • Angela
      December 14, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      It’s great to see people open gifts at Christmas and how happy they are.

  10. December 14, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    In the bleak midwinter is such a beautiful song with lovely sentiments.

    • Angela
      December 14, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks. I do love it. It’s one my all time favourite Christmas Carols.

  11. Samantha Stein
    December 21, 2016 / 11:43 am

    Your title says it all, Angela. Christmas really is a time for giving. Not just by giving material things but also by paying it forward. What I have in mind is volunteering in a nursing home or on your local soup kitchen. I think it is a nice gesture to give something to people you barely know. It’s more fulfilling for me and perfectly embodies the Christmas spirit.

    Thank you for sharing this post!

    • Angela
      December 24, 2016 / 4:55 am

      Yes…the Christmas spirit is so important to me.

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