Christmas traditions around the world

Around the world, different communities have completely unique Christmas traditions, writes CAFOD’s Becky Such. Combining Jesus’ birthday story with the quirks of local culture has created some brilliant, different and fun ways to celebrate Christmas. Here are just a few examples…

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Cut down on waste this Christmas with World Gifts

Becky Such, CAFOD World Gifts Coordinator, reflects on Christmas giving during the pandemic and how we might want to give differently again this year. 

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Why I’m choosing World Gifts this Christmas

Christine Allen, CAFOD’s Director, picks out some of her favourite World Gifts and explains why they’re a great way to give this Christmas.

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Ebola in the DRC: Learning from the past

Laura Purves, one of CAFOD’s Emergency Response Officers, reflects on her experiences in Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic in 2015 – in particular, what was learned that can be used to help in the Democratic Republic of Congo now.

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A day in the life: My experience at the climate mass lobby

Elizabeth Bennett is a CAFOD Climate Champion from the Hexham and Newcastle diocese. On 26 June she joined thousands of campaigners at the Time is Now mass lobby in London, all calling for further, faster action from MPs on the climate crisis.

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Father’s Day gifts for the Dad it’s hard to buy for

Becky works on World Gifts at CAFOD. She tells us why she buys her Dad a World Gift for Father’s Day as well as celebrating the other father figures in her life.

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“Our needs back home are being considered”

Allie Phillip leads Caritas St Lucia’s ‘Youth Emergency Action Committees’ (YEACs), which help vulnerable communities be their own first responders when disasters strike.

St Lucia is in the ‘hurricane belt’ of the Caribbean. The YEACs are run by young people who train other community members to be prepared for, mitigate, and manage responses to extreme weather.

Allie also coordinates the Church’s regional emergency response and the network of YEACs in the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma in 2017 was a particularly bad hurricane, killing people and destroying communities in 14 countries.

Here, Allie offers Sam from our campaigns team her reflections on her current work, climate change and young people.

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