Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Here we are again, Christmas round the corner

One of our new Commissioners, Fred, shares some of his thoughts about Christmas...
"Here we are again, Christmas round the corner, kids holidays looming, demanding more by each advert that they see. So where does this leave many families. Some are organised and all set for the big day, however these days there are sadly more who are not.

The working family face the same challenges faced by the unemployed and low income alike.

These problems escalate in number of different ways, struggling to perhaps pay the mortgage/rent, we choose to perhaps delay December's payment, gives us the money to buy the kids there toys.

How much is required, how long is a piece of string.

If we look at this in deeper scenarios it can paint a dark time ahead. The parents argue over money, leading to anything from the kids being upset to see this and feeling guilty and stressed, to violence or even broken relationship. If these kids are of teenage years, they may choose to spend time outside with similar kids in same position, this can lead to these same kids being involved in anything to “get away from it all”  Alcohol? Drugs?

The low income families suffer severely at these times, faced with a lot if difficult choices, just to pay for one day of celebration. Why? Christmas is so now commercialised it's not Christmas, it's a time of struggle which can lead into the preceding months of January through to March or beyond just to find a balance again in the home.

Perhaps we really should be teaching our children the true meaning of Christmas, a poor family arrive at a stable, Jesus was born, three wise men give one gift each, and it is this event that we should be celebrating, then our children won't be faced with the same financial problem caused by us and the commercialised  Christmas.."

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