The year has flown by again. Have we just given the New Year's resolutions ... and implemented them? Anyway, soon we can do it again ... because today is the first Advent.
Idleness is out of place during Advent. Many appointments have to be kept, privately or operationally. Gifts must also be procured, not an easy undertaking. Certainly everyone is happy about a gift that may be a heart's wish. Then the giver and the recipient are equally satisfied. So giving is also fun. But when I think of the gift walls that are being built in America for Christmas - Yt sends their regards - I feel sick. After the gift giving, it looks like a bomb. The giver and the recipient are somehow overwhelmed.
In the same way, Advent is the time when the population is most willing to donate. You remember that others may have less than yourself and want to give your mite to make them happy. But how does this willingness to donate come about? Do we really want to bring joy or do we just want to calm our conscience? I think everyone has to answer this question for themselves.
Basically, it doesn't matter what reasons you donate. The main thing is that the donation arrives where it is needed.
However, donations are questionable for me, which are mainly made only because they are publicly mentioned on TV or radio. The success of these fundraisers is certainly enormous, because they reach many people via TV or radio. But does it have to be so striking?
With a 'silent' donation you can possibly achieve a lot more. The one who is given 'secretly' will always think about who the patron was. The donor remains in the memory for a very long time, and that in our fast-moving times. It's more exciting than hearing or reading his name anywhere. So think carefully about which type of donation you prefer. With this in mind: Enjoy Advent with cookies and mulled wine at a Christmas market, for example, and get in the mood for Christmas.