It is hard to believe that it is December already. A time we associate with Christmas – you can’t escape it in the shops and on the TV. We also remember that it is a time of celebrations for others such as Hanukah for the Jewish faith, Bodhi day for some Buddhists, and Zaratosht No Diso for Zoroastrian’s.
There are many different traditions in different countries, communities – and each family has its own quirky way to celebrate. For many it is a time to catch up with family and friends, to send cards to people they have not seen for a while, have the neighbours in for a drink etc etc. For others it can be a time of loneliness, maybe there won’t be lots of presents around the tree, and the Christmas Feast is not a time for celebration. I wonder what we as Scouts do to help?
Going around the County I am amazed by the good things that are happening in our communities. We had the largest number of applications for the County Community Award – it shows that Scouts really do help others. I know that people have prepared shoe boxes to be sent to children around the world who otherwise would not receive presents. Groups are taking part in events in their own towns – fairs, Christmas tree festivals, lantern parades. Others are visiting old people’s homes to sing carols or just to chat to residents. I am sure that there is much more.
I wonder what you have done with your Group.
Have a very Happy Christmas and thanks for all that you have done to support Scouting in 2018