Time to think of others...?

PUBLISHED: 10:28 14 December 2007 | UPDATED: 19:20 05 July 2010

SO, “I'm a nobody get me a career” has concluded, X Factor is steadily drawing to a close, and Big Brother is way off in the distant future of next summer.

SO, “I'm a nobody get me a career” has concluded, X Factor is steadily drawing to a close, and Big Brother is way off in the distant future of next summer.

What are we to do with ourselves?

Well, I'd imagine that the vast majority of us are quite pleased at the news that these low-budget entertainment shows, which all seem to make as much money out of naïve and desperate wannabes as they possibly can, are now over.

So, for television entertainment over the coming festive period we can hopefully look forward to some decent dramas, some educational nature documentaries and the classic re-runs of Only Fools and Horses.

I'm really looking forward to Christmas and the new year celebrations. To spend quality time with family and friends will be a real treat after what can only be described as the most hectic term at university I have yet experienced.

Can you remember what you received as gifts last year?

A few perhaps, but with the amount of useless, unwanted bubble baths and reindeer-motif socks handed out each festive season, it's not surprising that most of us find it hard to recall last year's Christmas presents.

I find it strange how we feel so obliged to get presents for people. Much better to give to charity, the homeless, or do something extra special and become part of Oxfam's scheme which uses your money to buy people in third world countries things they really need.

An initiative which I only recently discovered is “Buy the boys a beer”, which is an online scheme set up by the Red Rat brewery, which gives people the opportunity to give money so that the soldiers, currently serving out in war zones, can enjoy a beer not only at Christmas but all year round.

I recently interviewed the Mayor's Officer of Lincoln, and we spoke about the city's plans for Christmas.

I found out that he is also a trustee for the NOMAD trust, a charity which cares for the homeless and makes sure that on Christmas day they have somewhere to go and have a hot meal and some company. Around 70 people head to a building which currently has facilities to sleep 13.

On Christmas Day, homeless shelters and soup kitchens across the country will look after those less fortunate than ourselves and it's all done by the kindness and generosity of volunteers giving up their time to help others.

When you think about it thoughts of presents pale in comparison when you realise that some people don't even have a home to go to on Christmas Day.

The times when Christmas meant a trip to church have changed, and now it's all about commercialism and family time. Perhaps another contemporary twist we can put on the festive season could be the thought of others and not just ourselves and material goods.

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