You only have to go to your local town centre to see everybody rushing around hecticly trying to get their Christmas shopping sorted. But is this what Christmas is all about? Stressing out to make sure you get the perfect gift, the best turkey and the tree just right? An experience I had in the past has made me realise the true meaning of Christmas. Earlier this year I volunteered at a homeless shelter. The people there were so desperate for food and so thankful for the food we made for them. They were so happy in each other’s company and showed some genuine interest in my friends and I – what we studied at university, what ambitions we had for the future, what were our families like etc. This made me truly think, Christmas should be about being thankful for what you have and should be a time for families to spend quality time together and enjoy each other’s company. It should also be a time to help those less fortunate than yourself – whether that is for you to give a few hours of your time to a homeless shelter, buy a coffee for someone homeless on the street or get involved with the scheme where you make a shoebox full of toys for children abroad who have been affected by natural disasters. So who cares if you don’t get the latest iPhone or whatever for Christmas, you should be thankful for the things in life you cannot put a price on.