The festive season is a time for joy, coming together with family and friends and celebrating the memories of the year gone by. We spend all month and sometimes longer preparing for the big day, between getting the food sorted and cooked, planning and picking up presents, decorating your home, turning up the Christmas tunes and organising the children’s visit to see the big man in red himself, Santa Claus.
With so much going on, it’s understandable that things can be forgotten or pushed to the wayside while we focus on making our children’s Christmas magical and ensure our guests all have smiles on their faces. Yet sometimes we forget what Christmas is about; not just the exchange of material goods, but the coming together of people, the support of our communities and the ability to make someone who’s world is a little darker than ours, become bright again.
What Is Being Conscientious?
The word “conscientious” is used to describe undertaking a task or applying yourself in a thorough way while acting responsibly. Most often you might hear about a conscientious traveller or a conscientious judge, both of whom have put their full energy into living their lives and carrying out their duties in alignment to their own morale code, without letting opinion or prejudices affect their responsibilities.
How Can I Have a Conscientious Christmas?
Acting conscientiously around the holidays isn’t simply a case of emptying your bank account to give to those less fortunate but it’s concentrating on the specifics and reaching out to those in need. A good example is staying in touch with elderly members of the community and ensuring they have necessities available to them during the colder months, whether they have anywhere to go on Christmas day or if you have the room to welcome them into your home for the holidays. If you don’t personally have room, can you discuss as a neighbourhood or community to find somewhere from them to have a warm meal and company over the festive season?
Alternatively, you might know of a family that has had a hard year, maybe they have suffered through a loss that has turned their world upside down, a parent may have lost their job, their children may be ill. The phrase thrown around a lot “charity starts at home” has been misconstrued in recent years to mean your immediate family, in fact, “charity begins at home” should translate to consideration for your local community and nearest neighbours – if we can’t look after and reach out to those in our immediate surroundings, should we ourselves be allowed to expect assistance?
Teach Your Children the Importance of Community Spirit
Around the modern-world, neighbourhoods have started to become quieter, not because children are choosing to play inside or for the lack of people, but simply because the connections between our neighbours have weakened in recent years. A community survey that ran earlier this year reported 68 % of Brit’s would describe their neighbours as strangers, while this may be unsurprising to most, to anyone who’s ever felt that community spirit and connection, will certainly lament over the loss.
This Christmas, reach out to your neighbours, organise a coffee morning on your street or even a baking morning where you can exchange sweet treats and raise money for good local causes and charity drives. Involve your children, whether they get together with other neighbourhood children for a craft project, organise a toy donation to less fortunate children or work together doing chores like washing cars, walking pets or babysitting to raise pocket money to gift needy children new toys this festive season.
By encouraging the importance of community spirit, we can bring Britain’s streets back to life with the sounds of neighbours chatting, children playing together and people looking out for each other. This year make it your festive mission to reunite the sense of community that Britain used to be famous for and be the first to stand up for a conscientious Christmas season.