Christmas Market

The past week was one of many stupidly busy weeks, and although I was getting plenty of sleep I didn’t feel regenerated. I felt drained, deflated and bored. But yesterday we had a little Christmas Market, and after weeks of trying to plan it in the stolen moments of busy shifts, it felt good to have the day finally upon us.

My workplace was a present drop of point for Wave 105’s #MissionChristmas – a project started to help ill and disadvantaged children in the area, enjoy Christmas. The local community all pulled together dropping off loads of toys and helping the cause, and I was overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity during a time that already socially pressures you into spending more.

We had an array of stalls featuring handcrafted wreaths, locally grown flowers, mulled cider and wine, bratwurst sausages, a band, an acapella choir, a cupcake stall, as well as these beautiful puzzles made using reclaimed wood

…and we also had a visit from a very special little helper, hilariously named Ben.

I don’t know what it is about Christmas, maybe it’s the frosty evenings spent snuggled up with hot chocolate and cheesy films, maybe it’s that everything feels so much cosier when surrounded by twinkling fairy lights, or maybe it’s simply that everyone goes a little further to make each other feel appreciated, but it’s hard not to feel grateful at this time of year.

Unfortunately, whilst many have an abundance to be grateful for, there are still people in this world with so little. So why not share the joy and help by buying somebody a toilet, food, or the resources to support themselves and/or by helping the homeless feel warmth, enjoy food, and have a merry Christmas this year by reserving them a place with Crisis!