Southwark Volunteers Share How They Will Celebrate Christmas

As we approach Christmas during a year like no other, we will all be celebrating differently than usual. Restrictions on coming together with family and friends, has meant that many people have had to think of new and innovative ways to mark the Christmas season.  Read about how three volunteers plan to celebrate Christmas

Sophia White, Step into the Gap Gapper Volunteer in Southwark

Sophia in the middle last Christmas

Zoom calls aplenty are the main diary item for this Christmas period. Usually, I would be catching trains up and down the country, so at least this will be a little less tiring. Some of my friends here in Canterbury are planning a post-Christmas Day socially distanced dinner in a field; all I have been told is to bring some food and a chair. Christmas day will include Mass, and dinner with my family. I will also be volunteering with a local homelessness charity, who have done an exceptional job at remaining up and running through these challenging months.

So many people are spending Christmas in refugee camps around the world, could you donate to the CAFOD Advent Appeal  to help families find safe shelter?

Gillie Drinkall, Schools and campaigns Volunteer


My youngest child did say on hearing that we wouldn’t be going to church on Christmas morning said, “Does that mean lunch will be on time for once?” Ha, Ha! that will be one Christmas tradition I won’t be breaking!  Otherwise, I am hoping we will be able to have my mother to stay.  She has advanced Alzheimer’s the sole advantage of which she has no idea of what has happened this year.  We will be joining her in not discussing the virus and instead enjoying each other’s company and living in the moment.

Send an online  Christmas message of solidarity to human rights defenders and environmental activists across the world  who are risking everything to defend our brothers and sisters and protect our common home. 

Deirdre McLean, Schools Volunteer

I’m very lucky in that my eldest son took over the Christmas cooking a few years ago so I can be really lazy! Even better he has just bought his own house with his partner so when we have had a lovely lunch I can turn my back on all the clearing up and go back home without having to do so much as wield a scouring brush. There are family members in Ireland Spain and the USA we always try to talk to on the phone and send Christmas wishes to.  Even though they are grown up my sons still get a Christmas stocking every year which they and I really enjoy. Have a great Christmas everyone and here’s hoping for a healthy and safe 2021.

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