Week 53: Personal Confessions ~ My Christmas is different to yours



When I was growing up Christmas was always the highlight of december. You see back home, though we always had chicken throughout the year there was always some 'chickens' (mostly kids got the big pieces on this one day) that were just for christmas, so you can imagine as a kid just waiting to have this christmas kind of chicken on christmas day. Not many people around us could afford to even have the simplest of christmas foods or items that we had the pleasure of having and now are even more fortunate to have. My mother made sure every single day of our lives was lived like christmas but christmas still carried more emphasis than other days (excluding birthdays and easter). Talking to friends and/or reading posts on the blogosphere you get a sense of different christmas traditions and how most people would wait till the morning to find out what father christmas has brought them. For us it was not always the case that we got presents, my parents focused us more on celebrating the day with friends & family at church then heading home to eat the feast that was mother's wonderful cooking. Somehow the meals that she cooked every day of the year couldn't quite match the one she did for christmas even the cakes that she baked daily seemed to lack something that the christmas cake held.
These are some of my earliest memories of my christmas back home in Zambia, so when I came across a charity that is working to help support different families in some countries in Africa I was so moved that I contacted them to see if I could include them in this post. We are all different and support different causes and for me this is one that is close to my heart because I can relate at a personal level. The charity is called send a cow (the cow called Gloria modelling this 'amoosing' christmas jumper had me in stitches, she is so on trend with the festive season) and they help families in Africa via different initiatives and this year they have a christmas catalogue which contains gifts that make a difference to poverty-stricken families in 7 African countries. The charity are using the 'wild, wacky and of questionable taste of bright jumpers' during this festive period to raise awareness of 'send a cow's aim of selling 20, 000 festive gifts that make a difference to poverty stricken African families.

Replacing the traditional jumper pattern of snowmen or crackers, this udderly stylish Christmas jumper has been created to showcase the charity’s latest altruistic Christmas gifts catalogue, and was custom-knit with maximum comfort and fit in mind for the fashion-conscious cow.  Gloria the cow, a purebred Jersey from Devon, didn’t bat an eyelid at being fitted with the jumper, which fits with Velcro straps and is based on one of her existing comfortable coats.  Gifts range from ‘Local Cow’ (£205), which provides a farming family with milk and manure; ‘Little Donkey’ (£9) which helps families take good care of their four-legged friends who transport farm produce to market; and ‘Tip Tap’ (£10), a bestseller which improves hygiene levels in areas where soap and water are luxuries.
About Send a Cow

Send a Cow was started by West Country farmers 25 years ago and in that time has transformed the lives of over one million people. Send a Cow works hand-in-hand with families in Africa, teaching them the skills they need to build lives free from poverty and hunger. By providing training, livestock, seeds and support, the charity helps create stronger communities for the future.
Send a Cow works with poor families in seven African countries, providing practical farming assistance that will last for generations to come and supporting families through every step of their journey out of poverty.



Our lives are different now so are our circumstances but somehow we don't seem to have changed much when it comes to christmas and I guess that's our christmas tradition, granted now we give and get presents every year but mostly they are things that you need like for me one year my mother got me a bathrobe I worn it until it had holes in it and looked more like a shirt than a robe on my 5'7 frame. I guess my confession today is more to say we all have different traditions and I love mine am sure as much as you love yours. Sometimes it becomes too overwhelming with the amount of posts that are all about "ooh this is what I am giving for christmas or what I am getting for christmas", not everyone is as fortunate as we are. So in our happiness of what we have let us remember those that do not have it. I do not know what kind of christmas tradition I will have in the future with my future kids but I do want to make sure its one where they appreciate the true meaning of christmas and not just the presents part which if God willing will be able to afford then will give. Don't forget the meaning of christmas whether you believe it to be Christ's birthday or not, its the spirit of giving and spending time with loved ones and being thankful for the wonders that never cease as we see another day. And also spare a thought for those who are not so fortunate and if you can lend a hand do so, it does not have to be extravagant it just has to be meaningful.


Simon Barnes, CEO of Send a Cow said; “This year we’ve taken the idea of the quirky Christmas jumper one step further, to encourage people to think differently about the gifts they buy this Christmas. Instead of buying chocolate for a friend, why not buy something unusual - for as little as £5 you will greatly improve the lives of poverty-stricken families in Africa. This is our 13th year of the Christmas catalogue and over the years we’ve raised over eight million pounds to help poor families. We really hope that you will support us this year by buying a gift, to help us change even more lives this Christmas and beyond.

Happy 1st day of December.
PS - The Send a Cow catalogues is available online, click HERE.

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::The Myrabev Life::: Week 53: Personal Confessions ~ My Christmas is different to yours

Monday, December 01, 2014

Week 53: Personal Confessions ~ My Christmas is different to yours



When I was growing up Christmas was always the highlight of december. You see back home, though we always had chicken throughout the year there was always some 'chickens' (mostly kids got the big pieces on this one day) that were just for christmas, so you can imagine as a kid just waiting to have this christmas kind of chicken on christmas day. Not many people around us could afford to even have the simplest of christmas foods or items that we had the pleasure of having and now are even more fortunate to have. My mother made sure every single day of our lives was lived like christmas but christmas still carried more emphasis than other days (excluding birthdays and easter). Talking to friends and/or reading posts on the blogosphere you get a sense of different christmas traditions and how most people would wait till the morning to find out what father christmas has brought them. For us it was not always the case that we got presents, my parents focused us more on celebrating the day with friends & family at church then heading home to eat the feast that was mother's wonderful cooking. Somehow the meals that she cooked every day of the year couldn't quite match the one she did for christmas even the cakes that she baked daily seemed to lack something that the christmas cake held.
These are some of my earliest memories of my christmas back home in Zambia, so when I came across a charity that is working to help support different families in some countries in Africa I was so moved that I contacted them to see if I could include them in this post. We are all different and support different causes and for me this is one that is close to my heart because I can relate at a personal level. The charity is called send a cow (the cow called Gloria modelling this 'amoosing' christmas jumper had me in stitches, she is so on trend with the festive season) and they help families in Africa via different initiatives and this year they have a christmas catalogue which contains gifts that make a difference to poverty-stricken families in 7 African countries. The charity are using the 'wild, wacky and of questionable taste of bright jumpers' during this festive period to raise awareness of 'send a cow's aim of selling 20, 000 festive gifts that make a difference to poverty stricken African families.

Replacing the traditional jumper pattern of snowmen or crackers, this udderly stylish Christmas jumper has been created to showcase the charity’s latest altruistic Christmas gifts catalogue, and was custom-knit with maximum comfort and fit in mind for the fashion-conscious cow.  Gloria the cow, a purebred Jersey from Devon, didn’t bat an eyelid at being fitted with the jumper, which fits with Velcro straps and is based on one of her existing comfortable coats.  Gifts range from ‘Local Cow’ (£205), which provides a farming family with milk and manure; ‘Little Donkey’ (£9) which helps families take good care of their four-legged friends who transport farm produce to market; and ‘Tip Tap’ (£10), a bestseller which improves hygiene levels in areas where soap and water are luxuries.
About Send a Cow

Send a Cow was started by West Country farmers 25 years ago and in that time has transformed the lives of over one million people. Send a Cow works hand-in-hand with families in Africa, teaching them the skills they need to build lives free from poverty and hunger. By providing training, livestock, seeds and support, the charity helps create stronger communities for the future.
Send a Cow works with poor families in seven African countries, providing practical farming assistance that will last for generations to come and supporting families through every step of their journey out of poverty.



Our lives are different now so are our circumstances but somehow we don't seem to have changed much when it comes to christmas and I guess that's our christmas tradition, granted now we give and get presents every year but mostly they are things that you need like for me one year my mother got me a bathrobe I worn it until it had holes in it and looked more like a shirt than a robe on my 5'7 frame. I guess my confession today is more to say we all have different traditions and I love mine am sure as much as you love yours. Sometimes it becomes too overwhelming with the amount of posts that are all about "ooh this is what I am giving for christmas or what I am getting for christmas", not everyone is as fortunate as we are. So in our happiness of what we have let us remember those that do not have it. I do not know what kind of christmas tradition I will have in the future with my future kids but I do want to make sure its one where they appreciate the true meaning of christmas and not just the presents part which if God willing will be able to afford then will give. Don't forget the meaning of christmas whether you believe it to be Christ's birthday or not, its the spirit of giving and spending time with loved ones and being thankful for the wonders that never cease as we see another day. And also spare a thought for those who are not so fortunate and if you can lend a hand do so, it does not have to be extravagant it just has to be meaningful.


Simon Barnes, CEO of Send a Cow said; “This year we’ve taken the idea of the quirky Christmas jumper one step further, to encourage people to think differently about the gifts they buy this Christmas. Instead of buying chocolate for a friend, why not buy something unusual - for as little as £5 you will greatly improve the lives of poverty-stricken families in Africa. This is our 13th year of the Christmas catalogue and over the years we’ve raised over eight million pounds to help poor families. We really hope that you will support us this year by buying a gift, to help us change even more lives this Christmas and beyond.

Happy 1st day of December.
PS - The Send a Cow catalogues is available online, click HERE.

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36 Comments:

At 1 December 2014 at 06:02 , Blogger Angelic Sinova said...

Send a Cow sounds like an amazing charity! I love supporting charity's and causes I believe in! I'm a huge animal lover (and animal foster parent from time to time) so I always donate to my local shelter but around the holiday's I try and donate to Toys for Tots <3

 
At 1 December 2014 at 06:12 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks, I too try to help out where I can and when I can.

 
At 1 December 2014 at 06:24 , Blogger Echo A said...

Happy December! Christmas was always a wonderful time for us because, it was the one time of year where our family was together and we could "wish" for whatever we wanted without feeling guilty or greedy! Send a Cow sounds like an amazing cause. Thank you for sharing it!

 
At 1 December 2014 at 06:26 , Blogger Jamie McG said...

I love that your memory of childhood Christmas even includes that your Mother's cooking tasted better, even her normal daily cake :) And that cow's sweater is just too cute! Very cool charity, thanks for sharing!

 
At 1 December 2014 at 06:45 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Happy December, its an important time to spend with family and spare a thought for those not so fortunate and help if possible

 
At 1 December 2014 at 06:46 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

It's funny because me and my siblings always tell her that so somehow that's how every year goes its like to shes more love to the meals

 
At 1 December 2014 at 07:31 , Blogger Vidya Sudarsan said...

What a nice charity! When you give a cow - farmers can benefit so much! I have done something like this in India - have helped a farmer buy a cow. It felt good that he could enjoy cow's milk everyday :)

 
At 1 December 2014 at 07:55 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

It's such a lovely charity and love that you have done something similar

 
At 1 December 2014 at 08:15 , Blogger Michelle Feliciano said...

That is such an amazing charity. It is a way to give back but to also make them self sufficient.

 
At 1 December 2014 at 09:22 , Blogger Penny said...

I had never heard of this charity before. Great post to share it.

 
At 1 December 2014 at 10:54 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Could not have put it better myself, it's a great initiative and such a lovely charity

 
At 1 December 2014 at 11:13 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thank you

 
At 1 December 2014 at 14:43 , Blogger Franc said...

It's nice that your family made you feel that everyday is like Christmas which really helps since the positive joys of Christmas and the spirit of sharing should be regular occurrence. The share a cow program would really uplift people's life.

 
At 1 December 2014 at 18:47 , Blogger CourtneyLynne said...

Omg what an amazing charity!!!! Happy December loves❤❤❤❤❤

 
At 1 December 2014 at 21:17 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thank you Franc thats very profound, I am blessed to have my family and send a cow program is great and the work they are doing is definitely uplifting

 
At 1 December 2014 at 21:18 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

It really is, thanks love happy december to you too

 
At 1 December 2014 at 22:23 , Blogger Vee PeeJay said...

I love gifts that Give back. Send a cow is amazing charity. Thanks for sharing & Happy December.

 
At 1 December 2014 at 23:15 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thank you, send a cow is amazing charity indeed. Happy December to you too x

 
At 2 December 2014 at 05:40 , Blogger Esther Ju*Lee said...

sounds like a wonderful organization. :) i like that they teach them sustainability. our family did not have much when they immigrated to the states when i was a really young kid.. so i remember not having extravagant christmases.. but i don't really feel like i missed out on too much. i definitely hope that we can stretch ourselves to give more and more every year.

 
At 2 December 2014 at 07:17 , Blogger My Thirty Spot said...

This looks like a fantastic charity, and I love the cow pic in the sweater. So dang cute! - Erin Kennedy

 
At 2 December 2014 at 21:38 , Blogger Krystal Butherus said...

This is a great time to think of others., I love this organization's message!

 
At 2 December 2014 at 22:32 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

I think I did not miss much out either, we were not reach but were not exactly poor either we were blessed and fortunate.

 
At 2 December 2014 at 22:32 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Gloria the cow in her jumper is too funny

 
At 2 December 2014 at 22:32 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

It really is, thank you

 
At 3 December 2014 at 00:54 , Blogger Cassie Tucker said...

That is such a great idea! I love that you are using your space to bring attention to what this charity is doing. I'll be looking into right now!

 
At 3 December 2014 at 01:07 , Blogger Yona Williams said...

This sounds like a really good charity. The way they are promoting it is also a good way to capture the attention of others.

 
At 3 December 2014 at 03:33 , Blogger Julie Tucker said...

I've seen a lot of animals in sweaters and clothes, but never a cow. I'm wondering how you got it on her. This is a wonderful charity too.

 
At 3 December 2014 at 09:51 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thank you Cassie, its the least I could do to support fellow human beings

 
At 3 December 2014 at 09:55 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

They are, I love Gloria the cow in the christmas jumper so epic

 
At 3 December 2014 at 09:56 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

It was specifically made for her in mind, i think a lot of velcro straps etc lol

 
At 4 December 2014 at 04:59 , Blogger Marielle Altenor said...

From age 7-13 I didn't really celebrate Christmas. We never had a tree and since we were poor, our dad didn't get us presents. I remember one Christmas he got us a tic-tac-toe game from the dollar store. It was the best present ever! =) Just to say I understand where you are coming from and that everyone have their own way to celebrate. I love the idea behind Send a Cow!

 
At 4 December 2014 at 17:45 , Blogger The Mommy-Files said...

I loved this post! That is so awesome that you're sharing about your past Christmas experiences. :)

 
At 7 December 2014 at 04:52 , Blogger Julie @ Director Jewels said...

Send-a-Cow sounds like a really neat charity! I had never heard of it before.

 
At 7 December 2014 at 09:56 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thank you hun, I think the smallest presents are usually the most meaningful ones

 
At 7 December 2014 at 09:56 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

Thanks so much

 
At 7 December 2014 at 09:56 , Blogger Miranda Myrabev said...

They are such an amazing charity who are doing great work

 

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