It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year…

Let it Snow! Baby, it’s Cold Outside! Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree! I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas!

It’s that time of the year yet again where the best films are on TV and you can’t go into any High Street shop without hearing a festive tune, let alone being able to move. Yes, Christmas is on its way folks! Are you excited?

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I do love Christmas, always have and always will. I love how everyone gets into a festive mood and everybody likes to enjoy a good tipple. I love decorating my space to make it look all lovely and sparkly, and who doesn’t love the chocolate treats that make us gain at least a stone in body weight? I am very much looking forward to open the first door on my advent calendar next month. Christmas is always so much fun, although I admit the stress and panic leading up to it could go and do one. Still, there is nothing better than coming home on a dark night in the cold and then wrapping up under a blanket to watch Christmas TV and Films. I have also donned my iTunes library full of new Christmas music in preparation.

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I think, even though all of this stuff is great, and I love it so, we should spare a thought for others this Christmas time. About 85% of people in the UK will enjoy being off at Christmas and can enjoy a long lie in (or not being able to sleep out of pure panic or excitement) but spare a thought for those who have to go off to work that day. This isn’t a “poor me” post in any way but I am proud to be working over Christmas after having the last few years off, and I know a lot of people won’t be as happy to do this. I don’t mind going to work as I would much rather spend Christmas with the ones I love at work, and I’m young and don’t have commitments. There are people that work at Christmas who have families, young families and will be split apart from them as the majority of the nation sit down for Christmas dinner. It is those people I feel sorry for.

You could ask, “well why do you choose to work for a company/organisation that works 24/7?” and you would have a point, it is my choice. I made that choice though because I thoroughly enjoy what I do, I work in the Emergency Services and enjoy being there for people who need us, day or night, anytime of the year. A lot of people would say the same thing and that’s why we choose to work over Christmas and New Year. All I am asking is just to enjoy your Christmas and be grateful that you can enjoy it with your loved ones.

Whilst I am on the subject, and this is not meant to be a downer subject by the way, but we should all spare a thought for the people who will be alone this Christmas. I couldn’t think of anything worse than being by yourself at Christmas, especially with nowhere to go like homeless people. The spirit of Christmas for me has always been about embracing each other and passing on love and blessings, and we shouldn’t forget those who are less fortunate than ourselves. I found this beautiful quote online which sums exactly what I think each person on this planet deserves:

The gift of love, the gift of peace, the gift of happiness, may all these be yours at Christmas.

So, yes, I love Christmas so much and always will. I cannot wait to go to work on the morning of December 25th and look out for people as part of my role. I just wish there was more I could be doing to help those who are vulnerable and isolated this festive season. If there is one thing I would like you to take away from reading this text on my blog, it would be to show goodwill to one another. We live in a scary world right now and 2016 hasn’t particularly been kind, but that is exactly why it’s important now more than ever to love thy neighbour.

On the off chance you are not doing anything on the 25th December and would like to look out for other people, there are some great causes out there that could really benefit from your help. Here are two of my favourites:

Crisis Volunteers

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Crisis looks out for homeless people and aims to get them shelter or to re-home people, Christmas is normally their most challenging time as surprisingly more young adults tend to be displaced from homes around this time. Crisis asks for volunteers who can help with simple things such as cooking, driving amenities to different centres, providing haircuts and manicures to people to make them feel better about themselves, or even simply to be there to socialise on a day when everything is closed.

Be A Friend

This is a great cause, especially around the Christmas season and you can take advice from this and do it in your own time and space. This cause is all about being there for our fellow elderly citizens, who increasingly can be found alone at Christmas for various reasons. This site is all about becoming a friend to those around us. You may know a neighbour who is by themselves at Christmas, why don’t you invite them round for a bit of turkey or engage with them on the day to find out how they are doing. The little things we do go a long way.

You can click the links provided for more information.

This won’t be the last blog I produce before Christmas this year but this is just to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and New Year and I hope your dreams come true. I love Christmas, as I am sure you do as well as by clicking on this blog, but let’s be courteous to one another and keep spreading love. That is my wish this Christmas.

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By the way, I am aware it’s not even December yet but I am excited OK!? I am just about to watch Home Alone which ALWAYS make me feel festive! I may even don my Christmas jumper early, just kidding haha.