TJ Shiyanbola: Christmas in the recession
November 30, 2012
TJ Shiyanbola grew up amid the violent crime of South London but turned his life around so he could devote himself to saving others.
In 2010 he won a Pride of Reading Award for his work with young people.
I love Christmas, it’s a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time of giving, sharing, receiving and spending time with people you love, and with certain people you can’t stand for very long.
With the economic climate, I am sure I am not the only parent feeling the pressure.
The children theses days don’t help either, my four-year-old wants an iPad. Really? When I was his age the iPad I had was my imagination, a pencil and a piece of paper.
I think as parents we shouldn’t be too preoccupied with how many presents or how expensive the gifts we get our kids are. Some of us only had very little whilst growing up. It made us appreciate and apply great value on things.
Every parent does the best they can, and your best is more than good enough!. This year let’s teach the kids what Christmas is all about, giving, sharing, family and helping those less fortunate than us.
If we think we’ve got it hard, we only have to look around to see how fortunate we really are. There are lots of local charities that could do with whatever you have to give.
It’s painful to think there will be a child in Reading this Christmas without a present. You can do something about that.
I recently went to the launch of the giving tree appeal in the Broad Street Mall. It’s an amazing idea encouraging the local communities to support local charities to provide a gift for children without a present this Christmas.
There is a tree in the mall, on it are lots of children’s names and what they want for Christmas. We take a card each year, and I hope you’ll take one too this Christmas. Thank you.
Merry Christmas everybody.
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Until next time, Life is real, love is real so you be real!