Children This Christmas!!

 

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Christmas Present!

Christmas is looming as we in the material world will go searching for our material things to give as presents to loved ones and friends..

And perhaps we may moan as inflation and the ’Credit Crunch’ takes its toll on our bank balances..

We perhaps will do as my aged Aunt has done this year who said she can’t afford anything, as she is worried about her fuel bills and can’t get out to buy things, so please she said don’t buy me anything because “I’ve ‘Cancelled  Christmas!!”…..

I wonder how many Old people are struggling just to keep warm this Christmas.

And Children in our material world get more demanding of parents. Each year families get into debt to provide what their darling children desire for Christmas, buying presents for family and friends that they think they may want, but which may then sit in a cupboard not seeing the light of day until the following Christmas!  

Christmas Past!

I remember when my own Son was a small boy we hadn’t much that year as my hubby had found himself unemployed for a time as his place of work closed.. So I stayed up late at night for several nights and made my Son a Fort, and a Dolls house for my daughter

 I made them from cardboard boxes cut and pasted brick wall paper to the outsides, The Fort I made moats, turrets and ladders, a gate with drawbridge, platforms and emblems with shields as a crest.. Flags, the works..  I bought I bag of plastic soldiers from Woollies, and hey-presto!

The Dolls House I made for my daughter in the same fashion with curtains, stairs, bedrooms and furniture out of matchboxes. Her doll was one she already had, but I made lots more different clothes for it..

And do you know… they spent hours playing with them and I can honestly say it is the one Christmas they both talk about today, as they now they have homes of their own.

The Spirit of Christmas comes from caring, of not just giving the material, But giving of ourselves, giving and showing Love… 

Christmas Future!

Nothing brought home to me more today than receiving my newsletter from Save the Children charity, which is one of the charities I support, the others I support are on my guestbook.. Just what sort of a world are we creating for our Children?

Horror stories around the world concerning children, have been in our news recently, none more so than baby P..

 Now as the crisis in the Congo has forced 300,000 people to flee their homes, half of whom are children.. Our T.V shows the children who have witnessed such horrors and whose faces are full of sadness and no hope. And yet these children are still striving to go to school and learn to get themselves out of the situation they are in.. But now have no where left to run.

  Charities are working their socks off, and many aid workers are also putting themselves at risk as they distribute aid in food and shelter and emergency relief..

Through the conflict and chaos many children are separated from their families and are at risk of abduction and rape from armed groups..

Seeing and reading the stories of children who are suffering, but whose lives have been changed by the help of charities such as Save the Children and the Red Cross always makes me so ashamed of my own grumbles..And pleased that in some small way I can help these children..

I am pleased that most of our children in society are well fed and have a roof over their head and are well cared for..

So please this Christmas when we are stuffing our faces and wasting half of the food and moaning about the shopping cues and cost… And our Kids are demanding this and that..

Please spare a thought for the Children of our World and if you can also a £ / $ for such charities..

savethechildren.org.uk.

Dreamwalker

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 17:16:47

    Wonderful blog and oh so very trueTake careSue

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  2. Stevy
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 17:19:15

    Dreamwalker , you are one of the nicest, classiest, greatest people on this planet.  Let me also tell you thanks for your support of Jiawen and me and your nice comments.
     
    I went to the charities, but it appears this is a European charity.  I am sure I can find a like charity here in the US to donate.  I will find one and let you know how you inspired me.   Yes we should all help the unfortunate.
     
    Much love dear Dreamwalker….you are such a great friend I admire and love.   Steve

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  3. Lady Jude
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 17:27:23

    Hi Dreamwalker, I always buy and extra gift every year and donate it to charity been doing it for years now. Thanks for sharing your heart warming story about your family Christmas I think we all hit tough times and cant always afford the gifts I\’ve been there several times myself and just brought small things not expensive its the thought behind it not the cost. But things have indeed changed in our material world and some want everything and still can never be satisfied. They all seem to lose the spirit of Christmas. Have a creative week my friend. Hugs Lady Jude

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  4. freckles
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 18:26:31

    or your poor auntie- will someone make sure she is ok ? please.
    any yes you are so correct on this issue- i didnt want to spend loads but have ended going the whole hog- on things he children will share and we should have fun with, but i feel so humbled now..i will do something for someone for christmas. i promise you. i will have a think ! thanks for making me realise i am in a position that i can do too. take care ~x~

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  5. Dreamwalker
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 20:31:23

    Thanks Positive Place!!! Yes Auntie will be fine, she has a loving family, But it shows how older people worry and would sooner go without than keep warm, as they fear not paying their way.. and thanks for helping someone.. They will bless you for it.. xx

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  6. GOTHIC
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 22:28:59

    Hey huni,firstly steph is getting me the secret for my xmas gift,i cant wait to have a read,secondly and more importantly ive made my kids aware of others less fortunate,every year they make a shoe box for other children and put basic things in like underwear,books,pens and other small items to make their lives more bearable,much love m xs

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  7. currie
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 22:40:14

    True, christmas has become tooooooooo commercialized nowadays , to the point where it’s only presents that count but not the meaning behind it. To me, it\’s juz a golden season for businness to push their sales to the peak!!!!

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  8. Lynn
    Nov 21, 2008 @ 00:50:34

    Hiya my lovely,
    Bless you for thinking of others, you have such a beautiful heart….
    I\’ve been there also but now I realise the true spirit of Christmas
    Comes from our heart…
    Thinking of you always… xxx Lynn xxx

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  9. Kingfisher
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 23:14:55

    Bless you Dreamwalker for this post xxx

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  10. Rutene
    Nov 26, 2008 @ 03:46:22

    Nice thoughts, and wishing the best for those who are unable to be part of the christmas celebration.

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