Many stores are decorated, giving trees are now set up at various locations, carols can be heard playing in shops and the shire Christmas tree has been lit in Corbett Plaza. It is definitely beginning to look like Christmas.
And today is December 1, the day when it is generally the tradition in Australia to put up the household Christmas tree. Maybe even some houses will be enhanced with external Christmas decorations over the next few days for all to enjoy. Yes Christmas can be an exciting time of year.
No doubt many people have also kicked off their Christmas shopping, work Christmas parties have begun and plans for food and general celebrations for the ultimate festive occasion on December 25 are well underway.
Meanwhile, children are putting the final touches on their Christmas wish lists and parents are loading the kids into the car to take part in the annual pilgrimage to view the Christmas lights on houses.
The festive season can definitely be an inspiring and exciting time. But it can also be a tough and lonely time for many, especially for those who can’t be with loved ones or those who are sick or have lost a loved one.
This time of year can also be a worrying and heartbreaking time for those who are struggling to make ends meet – those who can’t honour any of the requests on their child’s Christmas wish list. Possibly their greatest wish is that they can put food on the table and a roof over the heads of their loved ones.
So as we rush into the festive season, soaking up the Christmas spirit we should make it a priority to spread care and kindness to others.
Make sure at least one of those gifts on your Christmas shopping list is donated to a giving tree in the community, take the time to visit a neighbour or someone you know who may be feeling lonely or isolated this Christmas and generally be considerate of others around you. Do your bit to ensure Christmas is a memorable time for all.
For those eager to make a donation to a Christmas giving tree there are several in the Highlands to considers including the Mayor’s tree at the Moss Vale Council Chambers and the Target Giving Tree in Boolwey Street, Bowral.
If you know of other giving trees in the community please send the details to email@example.com so we can add it to our list.