Livesimply Advent Tree at Our Lady & St Edmund, Abingdon

Our Lady and St Edmund, Abingdon livesimply pledge tree Dec 2016As you know, Our Lady and St Edmund parish in Abingdon are preparing for a livesimply Christmas.   Parishioners have made pledges to celebrate Christmas more simply this year and placed them on the ‘Advent tree’ (shown above). Great idea!

Parishioner, Anne Dodd told us,

“Last 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 could 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 could celebrate a simpler Christmas, we gave each parishioner some suggestions on a little pledge card at the end of Mass.

“After prayerful discernment, each parishioner then decided on at least one way that they could celebrate Christmas more simply this year and pledged to do this.  We have now hung our pledges on our Advent tree.

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 cutting down food miles
  • wrapping gifts economically and unwrapping presents too to reuse the paper if possible
  • buying a CAFOD World Gif to help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries and
  • making your own cards and decorations.

“A parishioner has also offered 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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