Sally Bernard of @insidefourlines talks about the importance of giving back during the festive season
Written for Origin Energy by Sally Bernard.
It is that magical time of the year.
Close your eyes.
Make a wish.
You never know, it may just come true.
Looking back on Christmas as a little girl, it was always my most favourite time of the year. I can remember my stocking – red felt with a Santa cut out and sequins; the smell of gingerbread cooking in the oven; the sounds of Bing Crosby and his Christmas melodies; and the twinkling star on top of our tree.
We would always take a trip into town to see the magical Myer windows – my treat was a little jar of ‘bo-peeps’ (tiny boiled lollies in all the colours of the rainbow).
These are some of my most treasured memories – and so, with a young family of my own – we set out to create our own Christmas traditions, that I hope, in time, will mean as much to them too.
On the first of December, we dust off the decoration box and set up our tree. We have created our own Christmas ‘play-list’ of tunes that always run on repeat!
Baking and craft take a festive twist throughout the month and living beachside, we enjoy plenty of summer catch-ups with friends.
We believe it is important to teach our boys that Christmas is also a time for giving. Each year, we gather a box of toys from our home to be passed onto others to enjoy.
The excitement of Christmas Eve is second to none! A special delivery arrives at our door filled with carrots and oats for the reindeer, cookies for Santa, the ingredients to make our own ‘Magical Milkshakes’ and a book to read before bed.
Our boys stay up late for one of our favourite treats – a trip to see the Christmas lights. We are lucky, because just around the corner from our place, is one of the most spectacular displays I have ever seen!
This year, Origin Energy have partnered with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation and set up a website – www.originxmas.com.au – to help you locate the best of the best Christmas lights near you, right across Australia. And if you register your house’s Christmas lights display, you could win a $1,500 credit on your Origin electricity account.
Whilst finding your nearest display, you can make a donation to the Foundation directly through the website – and the best part, Origin will match, dollar for dollar, any donation made on the site, up to $30,000.
The Make –A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children aged three through to eighteen years old, who are battling a life threatening illness. They aim to bring hope, strength and joy to every child whose wish is granted.
So jump online – support your local community this festive season, and at the same time, donate and make dreams come true.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas xx