This Christmas, let's refocus
We all have different Christmas traditions and experiences we love. But there are some things we can all agree on: the hope of the Christmas story, that God so loved the world he gave his only son; the special atmosphere of a Christmas church service; festive food and drink; and, of course, the giving and receiving of Christmas gifts.
However, for many of us, Christmas can easily become a season of excess rather than a season of goodwill. Commercialisation and the pressure to spend more and more for the sake of it can lead to unnecessary expenditure and waste, and obscures our focus on God's greatest gift to us, Jesus.
This Christmas, we want to help you refocus, reconsider the waste and redress the balance. Do Christmas a Little Differently is all about making different decisions, and then using the money saved to have a positive impact on our neighbours around the world – which has the potential to go much further!
Reconsider our waste: what could I do differently?
How many times have you bought something just for the sake of it? At Christmas, we can choose to put our time and resources towards the things we love and not the things that we feel pressured into. We can shop for gifts in a more considered way so that we don't feel that we're wasting our money and the planet's resources. We can make choices that lower our carbon footprint and don’t cause additional harm to those around the world already impacted by climate change.