Living Simply this Christmas

Livesimply Launch at Our Lady and St Edmund AbingdonAs you know, Our Lady and St Edmund parish in Abingdon is working hard towards the livesimply award at the moment and this month they are preparing for a livesimply Christmas.

Parishioner, Anne Dodd told us,

“This month we start looking forward to Christmas and how, in the light of Laudato Si’s challenge to live more simply, sustainably and in solidarity, we can celebrate a simpler Christmas this year.

“It is very difficult to stand up against the pressure to buy more and more ‘stuff’ in particular in the run up to Christmas.

“To help us all to think of ways in which, as individuals and as families, we can celebrate a simpler Christmas,  we’ve given each parishioner some suggestions on a little pledge card at the end of Mass (shown below). We hope perhaps one of the suggestions will appeal to people or that they have much better ideas.

“What we hope is that after prayerful discernment, each parishioner will decide on at least one way that they can celebrate Christmas more simply this year and pledge to do this. We will have a tree throughout Advent with all our pledges hung on it.  In three weeks time on November 27th, the first Sunday of Advent, our pledges will be taken up in the offertory procession to be hung on the Advent tree.”

Livesimply pledge card at Our Lady and St Edmund Abingdon

Livesimply pledge card at Our Lady and St Edmund Abingdon

The ideas for living more simply this Christmas included:

  • buying fewer and smaller gifts
  • buying fairly traded items from Traidcraft
  • supporting local producers and in the process cut down food miles
  • wrapping gifts economically and unwrapping presents too to reuse the paper if possible.
  • buying a CAFOD World Gift that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries and
  • making your own cards and decorations.

“A parishioner is also offering two workshops on making Christmas decorations, bunting and wreaths made out of recycled materials.”

Thank you so much Anne Dodd and Steve Stevens for sharing this with us.  What a great idea!

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