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Winter Kindness part 2

(Read part 1 first here)

Yesterday, as I said in the previous post, I was thinking about small, random acts of kindness, and then I came across a┬ápost by a Facebook page I follow, Kissing Fish (whatever your views on Christianity, I recommend having a look at this page, you may well be surprised at what you find). This post linked to a blog post by Make Me Happy Today, which has a free download of a ‘Kindness Advent Calendar’. I’m not going to repeat everything said in the post, I recommend you all go and look at it here. I think this is a beautiful, fantastic idea – I kind of wish I’d thought of it, it’s just so lovely. I shall definitely be doing it this year, and since day one is to share the calendar with other people, I’m doing well at it so far.

If you are a Christian, then advent is a time of preparation, of looking forward to Christmas and the coming of Jesus. It’s a time of looking for peace, and spreading joy to all people. I often think that Christian celebrations in the western world have become commercialised, and made all about self and not others. I do have a chocolate advent calendar, but do I really need a little piece of chocolate every morning in order to prepare myself for Christmas? Isn’t loving all other people, and spreading that love and happiness a far better way of embodying the Christmas spirit, and making myself open to Jesus?

I have made this a lot about my religion, but the original post was not, and I think non-Christians who celebrate Christmas will see a lot of their values and Christmas spirit in what I have said. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I would still recommend looking at the calendar, and choosing and 25 days to try and do these acts of kindness.

A little kindness can go a long way, and remember, happiness is like jam – you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself. So Happy Advent, and I hope you can all go out and bring joy to the people around you.


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Christmas Must Be More

Christmas must be more they say,
Than December the 1st ’till Boxing Day.
It’s not just a time for busy lives to pause,
It’s not about chocolate behind cardboard doors.
It’s not about cards, or films or TV,
Not about mince pies, or wine or turkey.
Or waiting for snow when we only get sleet,
Or lights which appear to line every street.
It’s about a star shining high in the sky,
And a baby boy who was born to die.
The love of a father who gave his son,
So think of that while having your fun.
‘That’s it, it must be, it’s Jesus!’ I said,
But people just sigh and shake their head.
They don’t believe, and I guess that’s OK,
But what does that mean for Christmas Day?
For if not about Jesus, if you are not sure,
Then Christmas must still be something more,
Than presents and boxes piled under the tree,
And wondering what people are giving to me.
So maybe it’s peace, this mystery key,
And love and goodwill for the whole world to see.
But if this is so, then please won’t you tell,
Why it only applies to one month out of twelve.
We should love all year round, have peace in our hearts,
Not wait until Advent before it can start.
So this Christmas I hope you have plenty of cheer,
But I more wish you peace, way past the New Year.

Yeah, that’s right, I tried writing poetry. I know this isn’t a proper poem (I would never dare show this to my boyfriend who is a rather cynical writer/poet), but I hope you enjoyed it none the less. This was inspired by the song Christmas Must Be Something More by Taylor swift.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a peaceful life.