December 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm 6 comments

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

This is one of the busiest times of the year for many of us. Have you finished your shopping, made your Christmas cake and Christmas pudding? Have you started boiling the brussel sprouts? For the latter, why not? You know the house requires the aroma of brussel sprouts to permeate the entire house for the two weeks before Christmas… or is that just me?

Seriously, I hope that you have a feeling of some control over all that needs to be done, especially over those things yet to be done. I make a list. I know how that may sound to you, either control-freakery or a daft attempt to make sure that I don’t have that last minute panic. It is of course a smidgeon of both but there is always that small nag in the back of my mind, what have I forgotten to put on the list? Tell me you don’t have that feeling too. If you don’t then you are more organised than I will ever be and I am pleased for you and slightly jealous too….

I am trying to be fully prepared this year, I have even remembered the cranberry sauce; the traditional Lesley panic item! I am looking forward to a houseful of people, too much food, loads of wine and laughter and the inevitable detritus from the crackers. I don’t buy expensive crackers, you get the most fun from the really bad jokes and plastic bottle-openers that the ‘mid-range’ cracker will provide. Every holiday season needs a does of naff and I find crackers are the best way to tick that one off my list.

This year we seem to be heading for a very white Christmas. I feel for all of you who are travelling now or in the next week. Airports are full of tired people at the minute trying to get to their loved ones or seeking some winter sun. I have my fingers crossed that you will get where you want to go, I’m not sure that my wishful thinking will help but I will keep it up on your behalf.

The cold makes me think of other people as well, the young and the elderly. This is not pleasant for many. I checked the Age UK website to see what advice they have for us at the moment. I hope you will take the time to check this out at and do sign their petition to get the Govt to introduce an emergency winter plan to help the vulnerable, it will  only take a few moments of your time. Please also remember to check on those who are near and dear to you and check they are warm and well.

Children tend to love this kind of weather. Schools close, snowmen decorate many gardens, snowballs are thrown and sliding is a must. I will admit now that I hate snow, loathe it in fact. Some of you will know I have many brothers as well as a couple of sisters. Having so many males in one household cemented two of my personal characteristics very early on, my love of sport and my loathing of snow. The snow loathing developed early on; my earliest memories of snow come from handfuls of it shoved down the back of my neck and one or other of the brothers running away laughing. So, I hope you and your children love the snow. You may gambol and frolic in it all you like; I will stay inside and think it pretty to look at but nasty to be in. You may think me a bit ‘bah humbug’ now but that is okay, I will laugh and smile at many other things….

For now I will hope that I can make it through this weather to do the few things I need before my festive season starts. The latest forecast is that a blizzard is coming my way, BAH HUMBUG!!!

Courtesy of Wikipedia

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.


Entry filed under: Childhood, Children, Christmas, Donating, Giving, Help the Elderly, Life, Snow, wheniwas8, Winter. Tags: , , , , , , , .

Me? Chatty? Never…… Stuffed?

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jessah gomez  |  December 24, 2010 at 9:33 am

    i admire you for your effort and your concern for the children . i’l try to check out the link so i kn ow where to start. God bless you and happy holidays to your family.

    • 2. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 24, 2010 at 10:49 am


      Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to seeing you come back to the blog. I will you a happy holiday and peaceful New Year.

      Take care,


  • 3. Nancy Scott  |  December 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Lesley

    A great post, as always! Every year since I’ve had children (12 years now!) I have arrived at Xmas eve, looked at the piles and piles of presents we give our kids, and been consumed with guilt (even though half the presents are officially from Santa of course!). But the next year, I seem to forget that guilt and do the same thing again! This all changed last year when we decided going to South Africa for Xmas would be a good idea, hmmm…. no comment there, but what I did realise last year was that I could no way take the amount of presents I normally buy, all the way to SA, so did a great job of cutting back! I’ve been extremely sensible this year, and although I worry about them being slightly disappointed, I’m sticking with what I’ve bought – not that they’ve been hard done by in any way, I just haven’t gone mad!

    This brings me to the actual point of this comment!!! I sat down last week and told the kids that one of their presents would be a donation to a children’s charity – my eldest didn’t even hesitate and instantly said “Great Ormond St”, I was very impressed! I looked on their website and found I was able to send an e-card with a donation, so I sent my son an e-card and added an £8 gift. My girls are 9 and 3, so certainly in the case of the youngest, a little more difficult to choose a charity so I chose for them both! The Railway Children work to help street children all around the world, as well as here in the UK – read more about their amazing work here:
    From their website I donated £3 for each of my daughters and received a lovely personalised letter from Santa in return – what a fabulous idea 🙂
    Lastly, I realised that I had thousands of Nectar points which I never know quite what to do with! So I tweeted Nectar and asked them how I could donate to charity using my points – as it so happens, you can donate to Action for Children who supportthe most vulnerable children and young people in the UK – – 500 nectar points equates to a £2 donation, and I donated the equivalent of £10.

    So, Lesley, my total for children’s charities this week is £24. Well done for your efforts so far, hope you and your family have a great Christmas xxx

    • 4. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 23, 2010 at 12:32 am

      Wow Nancy,

      How super is all that! I am so impressed with you and your children for truly living into the spirit of Christmas:-) If we can’t bring ourselves to help others at this time of year when can we?

      I applaud you for teaching your children about altruism. I think we develop better adults when they learn early that helping others is its own reward. I don’t mean to sound all preachy but I feel it is important that we demonstrate good by action and not just talk. I am looking forward to updating the blogtotals this week with the donations from your family.

      I hope that you and all your family have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year!

      Take care,

      Lesley xx

  • 5. @LadyMaryan  |  December 21, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Lesley,

    it is admirable that you still find the time for blogging, despite the cranberry sauce. 😉

    I will check out the link in a minute.

    Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas and peaceful and healthy New Year.

    Claudia xx

    • 6. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you Claudia!

      I am being a little tweet-quiet at the moment as there is a lot going on at the moment but I did want to make sure I kept up the blogging;)

      I am glad you will check out the link to the petition for Govt assistance for those who need it in such cold weather. We should all be looking out for each other at this time (as well as all other times!).

      I wish the same to you, a happy and healthy Christmas to you and your family.

      Take care,

      Lesley xx


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