This weekend, Hub and I got in early with two of our favourite Christmassy things to do.  I was on book duty; Hub was on food…..


The Blackwells’ Children’s Giving Tree project is a wonderful initiative.  It provides an opportunity for children in difficult or unfortunate circumstances to receive a book of their choice – either one they have specified, or if they prefer, an age-appropriate surprise.  You can read more about it in this super student-paper article.

We love to support this each year and I went on Saturday to select my gifts.  I like to choose something for a girl, something for a boy, and something to support one of the sponsored charities.  You pick selections via tags on the christmas tree in the store and the brilliant booksellers help you to decide what to buy.

Here is a picture of my three tags, with the requests on the other side…



And here are the books I bought.  I love the idea of all these children opening up their surprise parcels on Christmas day and am so pleased to be able to support this brilliant cause.


Meanwhile, Hub was doing his bit in our local supermarket.  At this time of year, Tesco runs a neighborhood food collection project.  They invite you to purchase a variety of food which can be distributed to people in need.  It works in parallel with the FoodShare initiative, which makes sure that fresh food does not go to waste, through a redistribution system to charities such as womens’ refuges, children’s breakfast clubs and homeless shelters.  This is why they encourage shoppers additionally to provide store cupboard essentials.  Tesco pledges to top up all donations by 20%.


Here is our stash just going through the till….


Helping others is one of the most important aspects of Christmas and we are full of gratitude for being able to make even a small contribution. 🙂

“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.”

~ Henry David Thoreau