Christmas and Community

Christmas and Community

Rajah Household Tips: Christmas and Community

 

Here we are again, everyone’s favourite time of year — Christmas, a season of giving!

The act of ’giving’ represents the true spirit of the festive season, but sometimes in the height of the season, when gifts need to be wrapped, biscuits baked, recipes prepared and events attended, it’s hard to keep that spirit of generosity in mind.

Fortunately, there are ways in which to give, or simply make someone’s day, without adding more stress to your already busy schedule.

Here are some small things that you can do to give in a big way this festive season:

• Create a positive and memorable experience for some of South Africa’s less fortunate children by filling up a shoebox with small treats and toys, and sending it to The Santa Shoebox Project. Visit http://santashoebox.org.za/ for gift guidelines and to find your nearest drop off spot.

• Invite an older person in your community over for a tasty and wholesome meal. A tasty home-cooked meal and some company can make the world of difference to someone whose family is far away over the Christmas period.

• Look around your house for items that you don’t want or need anymore. Instead of leaving them to take up space and collect dust, give them to someone else in your family or community who can put them to good use. If you have children, help them sort through their school uniforms, school shoes, school books and stationery to see if there is anything that they can give to children who might be able to use them in the new school year.

• Every community has individuals or organisations that are working hard to create change and help people in need. Find out which initiatives are happening in your community or other communities that you care about and give in whichever way you can.

• The act of ‘giving’ doesn’t even always have to be material. Even if you don’t have money or items to give, your time can be used to help prepare tasty meals, to teach children how to play a new game, or simply to sing at a community event. If you don’t have time, smiling at a stranger, wishing the taxi driver a Merry Christmas, or sharing a recipe with a friend could go a long way when it comes to making someone’s day.

In the midst of it all, don’t forget about your family and friends. Christmas is not only about giving to society, but also about giving your time, attention and love to your partner and kids, and reconnecting with distant relatives and old friends.

Remember, no matter how big or small, a simple but genuine act of kindness doesn’t only make someone’s day; it could possibly change a life. So take a few minutes to give. We promise — it will make your festive season even brighter!

Rajah wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

If you’re looking for delicious, wholesome recipes that are ideal for the festive season and are packed with flavourful and aromatic spice, click here.