Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh, over the fields we go, laughing all the way... This is the music heard in all the stores at this time of year and it makes me wonder whether our kids are truly as happy as Santa is. According to survey in the guardian newspaper, children aged between ,8 and 12 years old in England are less happy with their body image and school as compared to those in Estonia, Poland and Turkey.
It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year but it's also one of the costliest times with unwanted presents being sent back to the shops and the credit cards bearing the brunt of all the shopping trips. Some families are spending an average of £500 on each child and still the child’s deepest needs are not met. This has led to untold misery in January. In spite of all these Christmas presents, our children are not happier. The United States, which is one of the richest countries in the world is no happier even with all the wealth it has amassed. Jeffrey Sachs, Head of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network(SDSN) rightly said that, “For a society that just chases money, we are chasing the wrong things. Our social fabric and social trust is deteriorating.”
So while we jingle our bells all the way remember that the true spirit of Christmas is not in what we have or the presents we give to others but who we are as individuals and the unconditional love that we show to our children and the people we come across. It is my hope that every child will thrive from a home filled with love and acceptance.