Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is stressing; getting last minute presents and worrying about whether they’ll be able to get enough food for the Christmas table. I love Christmas, everywhere looks so pretty and most people are in such a good mood but there’s so much pressure to keep up with everyone else.
This year we decided to do £5 presents for the family, after watching a clip of Martin Lewis. He talked about Christmas being a time when people over spend unnecessarily, buying things for people that who don’t need it and receiving things that they don’t really need. In a time when more and more people are using food banks and more and more people are homeless than ever before, it seems so obscene to spend hundreds of pounds on presents.
And it’s not just about money, it’s the time of year when people meet up and spend time with family and friends. But there’s so many people who don’t have people around them. When I was working fitting curtains at Christmas, for an old lady. She was in her 80s and I asked what she was doing for Christmas and she replied ‘nothing’, she then went on to make excuses for her children explaining that they lived away.
All I could think of was why haven’t they included this lovely lady in their plans? A couple of years ago we decided as a family to join the Age UK befriender scheme but there was so much red tape that a year down the line we still weren’t signed up!
So have fun and be merry and spend it with those who you love but spare a thought for those who won’t be spending it with theirs.