With less than a week to go until Christmas many people will be out over the next few days purchasing last minute gifts for friends and family. Choosing gifts can be hard work, and if you’re anything like me you want to know you’re giving a gift that will be enjoyed by the person you’re giving it to. That becomes even harder when the person you are wanting to give a gift to is a member of the clergy.
Many of my followers will know my sister is a recently ordained curate, So this year I thought I’d ask her to give you all some suggestions for gifts that members of the clergy would really like to receive…
The gift of time
If you ask any member of the clergy what they would really love for Christmas it would be that you consider giving your time to someone who needs it. If you feel you can, why not consider volunteering at a local homeless Shelter or Foodbank over the Christmas period. There are many people less fortunate than ourselves who need your help especially at times like Christmas. If you can afford it, consider buying extra food or clothing and donate them to a charity near you, anything you give will be gratefully received.
Secret Santa with a twist
Now this one we’ve tried before and had great fun, it works brilliantly within extended families and allows you to give something back to a charity of your choice, we call it Charity Shop Secret Santa. It’s a very simple twist on the usual Secret Santa with a simple extra rule, every gift must be purchased from a charity shop! In this way you each spend a small amount, we kept it at £10, but the money spent all goes to charity!
A gift of love
Of course one of the best presents you can give is the gift of friendship and love, that you treat those around you with kindness and respect and that you treasure those closest to you. Whatever you end up doing why not make time to go to your local church and take part in one of the many Christmas services, join in the carols and share this time with your local congregation.
All that remains is for me to wish all my followers a peaceful and joyous Christmas and a very happy new year.