Christmas, A Time for Celebration and Reflection

Our office is fully embracing National Christmas Jumper day today. There are some amazing efforts across the teams, including a particularly delightful battery powered number. Despite the pushing and occasional breaking of taste boundaries it’s all to help raise money for great causes including Save the Children, Make-a-Wish and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ignoring the obvious commercial cashing in, the festive period is fabulous, celebrating with friends and family, consuming a monthly food and drink quotas each week, and generally kicking back and relaxing at the end of another busy year. Before we all head off and begin the festivities though, it’s worth sparing a moment to consider those less that might have a harder time than us.

According to Shelter, Age UK and Mind respectively, there are 100,000 children facing homelessness this Christmas, one million older people who will not speak to anyone else during December and 20,000 families will have a loved one admitted to hospital due to a mental health problem. These are just some things others might be facing.

In the housing sector, some staff will work through, including through Christmas Day, in order to help their more vulnerable customers, usually with no extra pay. The ones that I know will be going the extra mile to help create some festive spirit, and it’s a nice example to follow. Take a little time to think about how you can help make a difference to someone else over the next few days. It might not be a big gesture; it could be buying an extra coffee for the homeless person outside your coffee shop, donating an unused spare coat to a clothing bank, or even stopping to have a chat with an older neighbour that you don’t ever speak to. These things can all make small differences, in some cases a huge difference, who knows it may even make you feel good at the same time!

Is there something that you will do this year to help someone have a better time over Christmas? Are there good causes you would like people to be more aware of? Share your thoughts with us here.

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