Do You Remember This One?
Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat,
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, well God bless you.
This old nursery rhyme was to encourage and remind children in the weeks preceding Christmas to give to those less fortunate than themselves.
We all know that Christmas is a time for giving. The shops and garden centres were on to the Christmas retail opportunities on the 1st of November. Baubles abound!
We have so many outlets for our giving – not only to family and close friends, but also those whose lives are careworn, whose finances are shaky; children and the elderly, at home and abroad; those who have no warm shelter, those in need.
But giving is not only about financial gifts, but also about the gift of time. Think of those who spend Christmas Day providing a good lunch for the hungry, those in the emergency services who forgo family time to be available for the community and those who invite the lonely into their homes to share Christmas. In the rhyme children were told that, even if they didn’t have a ha’penny, they could bless the old man. Giving our time to others is sharing a blessing with them and how lovely that is.
As your church wardens, we would like to thank you all for that you have given us over the past year - your encouragement, your support and prayers.
We wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Christmas
Hannah and Eileen