Re­mem­ber what’s im­por­tant at Christ­mas time

The Corkman - - CHRISTMAS IN MALLOW -

AMID the hus­tle and bus­tle, the shop­ping rush and the sea­sonal par­ties, it is easy to oc­ca­sion­ally lose sight of what is im­por­tant at Christ­mas time.

A time for cel­e­brat­ing fam­ily and friends, this sea­son will be bit­ter­sweet for some who will face their first Christ­mas with­out a loved one.

Older peo­ple, in par­tic­u­lar, are vul­ner­a­ble to sad­ness at this time of year. Please re­mem­ber your neigh­bours who live alone at Christ­mas. Even a small ges­ture like a card or a chat over a cup of tea can make the world of dif­fer­ence to some­one liv­ing alone. While it is a time for fam­ily, mak­ing room in your cel­e­bra­tions for some­one less for­tu­nate than you can be the best Christ­mas gift you can give.

Many peo­ple are fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture, and the costs as­so­ci­ated with Christ­mas will, for many, seem in­sur­mount­able. That it why or­gan­i­sa­tions like St Vin­cent de Paul need your sup­port more than ever at this time of year. Do­na­tions to the store Vin­cents in Mallow can mean that Christ­mas will come to a dis­ad­van­taged home in the area - that Santa will come to a lit­tle girl or boy this year.

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