It’s very easy to get wrapped up in the commercialized version of Christmas, forgetting there are others around the world and in our own neighborhoods that may not be as fortunate.
Christmas holds many different meanings, but one meaning which seems to unite most cultures is that it’s a time for giving, a time for making sure each child has a gift and no belly is left empty.
I was touched when my sister told me that she was taking her boys to help out in a soup kitchen this Sunday. I mean we both do our part each year, whether it’s sponsoring a family or donating to the local food banks, but I’d never thought about donating time towards serving those families. What a great gift and lesson to learn, that you can help those less fortunate and in turn be grateful for what you have.
My music Monday today is Bob Geldof’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which raised millions for famine in Etheopia and with the help of Midge Ure created Band aid which continues it’s plight against world famine today.
” The Name “Band Aid” was chosen because it had a double meaning. At one level it means a band of musicians getting together to offer aid but, at another level, it is also an acknowledgement of the fact that such a gesture is like putting a sticking plaster on a gaping wound and does not address the full extent of the problem of world famine.”
Oxfam International is another organization that offers some a unique and charitable ways to give. Did you know you could gift a mosquito net, a vegetable garden, a dozen chicks, school books, or a meal for under $50 in a friend or loved one’s name? They would receive a card showing how their gift has helped someone else in need.
So whatever your beliefs remember that Christmas is not just about “Rocking Around The Christmas Tree” (even if it is a fabulous song) but also about giving. Do your best to give where you can and help those that are less fortunate this season. Happy Music Monday!!