This year I have participated in a project called ‚Christmas in a box‘ and I would like to encourage you to do the same. If you are interested in finding out more about the project, just keep on reading!
I went out with my friend and bought all of the things I thought a kid would like and I knew that it would make them happy. We decorated the shoebox and I still thought ‚okay, I just spend a lot of money on this box but it is worth it because it will make someone very happy‘. And it sure is, especially if you are a student that has to work for the things you want to. Yet, I still wanted to make this box and when I sat on the sofa after my friend had left, it really hit me for the first time. I imagined a child receiving this box and it being one of the first Christmas presents of their life. I imagined the joy and happiness that this little box will bring to a child that wouldn’t have a present if it hadn’t been for the box I have made and I was suddenly extremely happy as well.
A lot of people, and I have to include myself in this one, are very spoiled when it comes to receiving and giving Christmas presents. As much fun as it is to go out and buy presents for your loved ones, you always happen to expect getting a present back, whether you do that consciously or not. I know I am very fortunate that my family has always been in a financial situation that allowed it to get me and my siblings a Christmas presents. I know that this isn’t the case for all people, even some people in my surroundings. This box is going to be sent to a country where the receiving child may have never had a Christmas present in their life before though, be it because they have grown up in poverty, their parents dying or any other reason. This little box that I spent around 40€ on will make this child’s Christmas day a lot better.
I know that I will never be able to appreciate receiving a Christmas present like the child receiving my present will, even though I will try to do so this year. My friend has even told me that every year, her grandmother is giving her and her siblings a smaller present and sending a box for each grandchild to a child.
I would love to encourage those of you who can afford it to participate in this amazing project. You could pack a box with your family, your group of friends or even by yourself; every box is appreciated and needed for the children.
If you are from Germany, you can send in your box from October to the 15th of November, all of the informations can be found on the website of ‚Weihnachten im Schuhkarton‚.
If you are from a different country and want to participate in the project, a lot of countries have organized a similar project, just google ‚Christmas in a box‘ in your language and I am sure you will find a project that will give you the opportunity to participate.
Thank you so much for reading this and much love with pre-christmas spirit,