More like it

That’s more like it: the new boiler fixed and running (the 2-year-old one broke down last week), mulled wine on the stove and Christmas biscuits in the oven.

Domestic bliss! Which made me think about the less fortunate amongst us. I can only try to imagine how awful Christmas must be if you are cold, lonely and homeless. So this year, I am donating to Crisis.

Tell me, which worthy cause moves you?


  1. Elf was fitted with gromets earlier this year, and in the process of the treatment, we discovered he had an internal cleft palate which fortunately does not interfere with anything, except for the proposed fitting of gromets! The Smile Train ( helps children in all countries to have treatment. Thanks for your post. -HMx

  2. There are so many good causes out there aren’t there. For me I’m supporting UNICEF having seen their work first hand this year. This comment was highly predictable I realise! Glad to see you’re feeling better x

  3. Good for you. We are short on cash this year, but I have tried to give away a lot of the Toys r Us things we rececived. I believe in giving and am teaching the boys the same

  4. So pleased your boiler is fixed – our 6 month old boiler broke down last week and it was 3 days before it was repaired, it was freezing!

    I haven’t sent any Christmas cards this year,but have sent my own ecard design to friends and family. I’ll be donating the money I would have spent to charity, haven’t decided which one yet but likely to be NSPCC.

  5. We have also supported the Smile Train in the past – my firstborn was born with cleft lip and palate, he received fantastic care and surgery in the UK – unfortunately not all children in other parts of the world are able to receive the same support.

    This year we spread the word for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation
    The Jack & Jill Foundation provides care and support for children with severe neurological development issues, as well as offering some respite to the parents and families. Our secondborn was born at 27 weeks and has spent nearly 6 months in hospital, neurological problems not yet known but needs lots of physio, care etc. Sorry for the long post, you can see that both foundations are very close to my heart.

  6. Our huge pre Christmas clearout went to Cancer Research charity shop this year. But homeless charities definitely need a boost right now.
    Just baked biscuits here too 🙂

  7. I drop off food baskets at local shelters. It may not be much but every little something counts, right? You sound very blissfully domesticated, like myself!

  8. Crisis is great and very important…I’ve seen a little bit of what it does at this time of year. I’m also a big fan of the Red Cross, having worked with them in Norway…even wealthy countries have people who need help.

  9. There are several… I like the work the Salvation Army do over here, especially over the holidays. Then there’s a shelter in our city that take care of homeless (imagine how cold it is here, and to be homeless doesn’t bare thinking about). And I like Oxfam too.

  10. What a most unfortunate thing to happen at this time of year! Glad you got it fixed! We always donate to foundations that are linked to my Husbands work. Actually we donate all year long. Great causes. Hope you have a great week!!

  11. So great of you to give back this time of year! I was thinking of childless families in ’10 but who knows what ’11 will bring.

  12. Hello sweet – I know what you mean, we were in central London (your metropolis!) on Monday and I saw so many homeless in that freezing weather. It just doesn’t bear thinking about this time of year. There are so many worthy causes I almost can’t decide but Crisis deserve every penny of donation they get for what they do to help this very needy group. Lou xx

  13. my housemate is working at Shelter over Christmas! I think with this cold any charity that supports people who live on the streets is very worthy- I like Shelter myself but they are all very worthwhile and I admire all the people who help them and work over Christmas.

    I hope you all have a very happy Christmas xx

  14. We gave not only a massive pile of toys from the Toys R Us initiative but also a huge pile of my son’s old clothes, toys and books that were in good shape to local women’s shelters this year; loads of kids are in shelters with their Mums and live on the bread line – they get very little at Christmas or any other time of the year for that matter. I also gave my maternity clothes to a teen parenting group who meet at our nursery as many of them have nothing as well. In fact, we’re going to keep donating old clothes and toys all year now I know how dire the situation can be.

  15. I heard about a child here, recently taken into foster care, who wrote a Christmas list on which “a box of cereal” featured. I’m moved by anything that affects children.

    For the second year running, my oldest has opted to give money to World Vision instead of having a stocking. I’m so incredibly proud of him. (He does get a very small stocking too – it would be too complicated for family life for him to be opening nothing at all, while his two siblings open their stockings.)

    Oh gosh, I’m wittering on so much in your comments. Must be the festive season or something.

  16. Crisis is great and very important…I’ve seen a little bit of what it does at this time of year. I’m also a big fan of the Red Cross, having worked with them in Norway…even wealthy countries have people who need help.

  17. So great to hear of people thinking of others at Christmas and not just of themselves. It’s important for children to be aware that there are others less fortunate than them. Since having kids, I always support children’s charities such as BLISS and the Wallace and Grommit Cots for Tots appeal which is a Bristol based charity.

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