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.
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.