Give what you can this Christmas, it'll turn a frown into a smile
What does Christmas mean in Ireland today? It means a lot of different things to a lot of different people in an increasingly multicultural and less Godly society.
To many, it is an exciting time of shopping trips to New York or London. For others, it's spending hours browsing through shopping centres picking up presents for friends and family. For many, it is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, through school plays and attending church and singing in choirs. But what about the growing number of people and families behind closed doors who dread Christmas because they are going to slip further into debt, as they feel that they cannot say "no" to children who demand iPhones and designer gear as presents?
Instead of being a joyous time of year, it is showing the reality of the widening gap between the haves and the have nots.