Christmas is just around the corner, and most of you have probably sorted out your presents or devised your gift-getting strategy for family, friends or that special someone. Although we may vow not to get caught up in the seasonal shopping frenzy, the tendency is to overspend and dip into and often deplete whatever we’ve managed to save throughout the year.
But is this what really defines Christmas? Gifts under the tree? Decorative lights in windows and on the streets? Cards in the mail? Meals with family and friends? Greeting anyone you meet with ‘Merry Christmas’ just because everyone else is?
For some, Christmas is a time that brings about feelings of sadness or even anger because of excessive commercialisation with the emphasis on unaffordable social activities. For many, Christmas appears to be a trigger to ponder on the inadequacies of life when comparing themselves to others who seem to have more and do more.
This is a time where we can choose to lose ourselves in consumerism, or allow it to remind us of simplicity. Receiving is great, but the act of giving, especially to those in need, brings a sense of satisfaction and true joy.
As many television viewers know, Dak Li Jgħodd deals with various topics related to the upbringing of children. For the upcoming festive season, Claire Agius Ordway and her team have come together to organise the 5-in-1 Initiative. This hour-long marathon will encourage viewers to donate the small amount of €5. All proceeds will go to the Ursuline Sisters of the Creche in Sliema, so that they may continue their work for the benefit of the children who are full time residents there. Currently, there are 28 children in their care, whose ages range from newborn to the age of three.
Lovingly and with great devotion, the Sisters raise these children as if they were in their own homes. They ensure that they’re provided with everything they need to grow in a stable environment and develop in a healthy way – mentally, physically, spiritually and morally.
Their requirements are like those of any other child, and as many parents know, costs can really add up. Apart from food and clothing, the Sisters must plan for all medical, psychiatric, psychological and educational expenses, in order for the children to integrate with society as their other peers do.
As parents, the festive season is a great time to teach our children that Christmas isn’t just about how many gifts there are under the tree. It’s an opportunity to consider the needs of others and share with those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
If you manage to put aside this small donation of €5, tell your kids about it. In doing so, you’ll surely be leading by example and fostering a sense of generosity within them. Claire and her team at Dak Li Jgħodd are inviting you to join them on the 20th December at 5pm on ONE TV. Many parents and personalities will be present during the marathon to show their support, respond to calls, and accept your donations for this worthy cause.
A little from everyone can make a huge difference in the lives of these children!
For more information, check out the Dak Li Jgħodd Facebook page.