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“Always winter but never Christmas.”
C.S. Lewis

Christmas is a season of celebration and carols. Friends inviting friends to sit around a table and share what has occurred since they saw them last.

Somedays though I think of those who don’t have any invites sitting in their email boxes. I wonder about those who sit in nursing homes hoping someone will visit.

Christmas is not a happy time for everyone we pass in the streets. My friend works in the cinemas and she said Christmas day is full of patrons sitting in seats by themselves, hoping no one notices them as the sneak past the popcorn line.

This Christmas I am taking the time to think about those in my life who are isolated and alone. A simple text, a question asking “what are you doing this year for Christmas and laying out an extra setting at our table.

If each and every one of our families invited just one neighbour each, the spirit of Christmas and the power of making room for another would change the landscape of our shores.

When was the last time you asked a stranger to have a meal?

It’s not as scary as it sounds.

Happy Christmas Kin.

We are kinwomen

You are our kin.

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth

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