Advent noun: the arrival of a notable person or thing.
At this time of the year most people are putting up Christmas trees and decoration, buying presents for their loved ones, stocking up on all the best food items and sending out Christmas cards. As we go about preparing for Christmas this advent let us think of those less fortunate than us and maybe put an extra present or food item in our baskets and drop it of at the many drop off points set up at this time of the year.
Nobody is so poor that they can not give and nobody is so rich that they can not receive.
There are many people around us who find this time of year difficult for many reasons. It's all too easy to accuse them of being a scrooge without really knowing the reason. That neighbour who has no family or even that colleague who seems to be going through a hard time. Maybe a conversation is all they want or just a smile from you will ease those worries a little bit.
Giving and kindness takes many different forms. Give the best way you can.
Let us take a few moments to be kind to others as we prepare for Christmas.