Remember how privileged most of us are

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Christmas won’t be enjoyable for everyone this year.

For many of us December is a time of excitement and joy, an opportunity of celebration.

Some perks of the holiday season are the amount of time I have to spend with the family, the vast stacks of food I get to eat, the laughing and the comfort of being in the warm. It is wonderful to see such happiness on the faces of my young relatives as they open their presents.

And let’s not forget having a minced pie in one hand and a glass of mulled wine in the other.

The build-up to the day can be stressful as we run around looking for presents. And the food shop is an additional challenge.

As we walk around the packed supermarket we dread that moment of swarming to the tills and waiting in long queues.

For millions of families a Christmas tradition is gathering around the TV to watch the Queen’s speech. And the wait for special episodes of programmes we usually watch is finally over.

Overall the way we do Christmas and the way it looks is different from household to household, although the things we do are often similar.

But for many Christmas won’t be what it once was. This could be down to a number of reasons; from losing a loved one who was here last year, to being homeless or lonely.

I don’t understand what it is like to be any of these at this time of year, but I imagine it can be extremely difficult.

If a loved one has died and isn’t there to enjoy the season with the family, think about the good times you had with them, remember the laughs.

Many have said to me that you can’t ever get over the death of someone close to your heart, but you do learn to live with it.

Let us not forget about those who are on their own. If you have the chance to welcome someone who is lonely into your Christmas then that can make a big difference. If this means you have to go without something then it’s worthwhile. You are making a difference. There are also several things taking place across the city and the surrounding areas for people to be involved in.

With winter comes cold. To live on the streets is often something which is not in the control of that person.

I once met a guy who was a gardener with his own business and a family. And after some life complications he found himself walking around with a backpack, sleeping bag and tent as his only possessions. He won’t suddenly lose the emotional attachment Christmas had on him.

I think it’s important to acknowledge people like that and understand how privileged you really are to have what you do.