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Every 25th day of December, Christians from around the world celebrate Christmas. As they do so, they hold parties and other forms of celebrations and observe certain traditions. During the Christmas period, family, friends, and colleagues not only spend time together, but they also give each other Christmas cards and gifts as a show of appreciation for each other. They also engage in charity work to help the needy in their communities. Charity cards have become a common feature in today’s Christmas celebrations. While some develop small projects to feed the homeless, other big non-profit organizations use Christmas cards to raise funds and other resources to support a variety of philanthropic projects. Yes, Christmas is a time to celebrate life, appreciate each other, and more so, give back to society.
Sir Henry Cole is the man behind the first Christmas card. On this Christmas card, he wished all his friends and family a ‘Merry Christmas’, and ‘a Happy New Year’. This was the standard message then and it is still quite common in most Christmas cards today. Interestingly though, the tradition of giving Christmas cards is still prevalent in the UK and many other parts of the word as well. If you are looking to do some charity work in the UK, many organizations require volunteers during the Christmas period to assist them with tasks such as preparing meals, serving food, making beds, and ensuring that the guests in the charity centers, who are often the homeless and other underprivileged people, are comfortable. You can also use your talent or profession during this time like using your hairdressing skills to groom the guests. This is a very fulfilling way of spending Christmas.
In the US, most kids cannot wait to receive Christmas gifts from Santa, and surely so, they marvel at the gifts their parents and families leave for them under the Christmas tree. However, at the same time, there are many people without any means of celebrating Christmas. As such, you will find people within the community taking time to help the needy by giving gifts and holding Christmas parties. If you do not have the time to engage in such charity projects, there is another simpler way you can help the less privileged in society. You can support so many causes by purchasing charity cards. For instance, UNICEF sells Christmas cards and uses the proceeds to support numerous life-changing projects for children all over the world. You can be a part of ensuring that children no longer have to contend with polio in some underdeveloped countries.
In Bangladesh, Christmas is not marked with beautiful Christmas decorations and carols, but the village men are known to light up the path to the church. You can do a lot of good for these villagers who struggle with constant floods, cyclones, and high poverty levels. Sreepur Village, a home for impoverished children and women in the rural parts of Bangladesh can be your next charity project. You can buy some attractive charity cards made by these women online. The sales are consolidated and used to support this village’s charity projects.
Even though only 1% of Japanese people are Christians, Christmas is a day to spend doing good deeds to others especially the sick and not for family. Learn to be this charitable. This next Christmas, as much as you enjoy giving gifts, spare some time and visit the sick. You can visit children with cancer in the hospital and brighten up their day with gifts.
This is a guest post from Cards For Good Causes, an organisation that donate at least 75 pence out of every pound they take from their charity Christmas card sales. For more information on Cards For Good Causes, and to see how you can help, please visit the Cards For Good Causes website.