Thompson's Christmas with the elderly

by Rachel Cook

This is the time of year when creatives like to show off, have some fun, let loose, max out the print budget, that kind of thing. After all, ‘tis the season of excess, right? That’s why usually we’d be getting ready to send you a beautifully designed Christmas card as a minimum. And if we’re feeling generous, which we usually are, we might treat some nice people to a bottle of something nice, to show how much we love them. However, this year we decided to do things a little differently, and whilst we didn’t do it to for the #likes, I couldn’t be more proud and have to share the good vibes.

As a team we’re trying harder than ever to cut down on our waste. We’ve refined our policy, we’ve redoubled our efforts and I’ve redoubled my nagging, and it’s finally starting to stick. So far, so Greta. That’s no doubt why the thought of sending out cards or gifts that might mean more stuff going into landfill just didn’t sit right with us this year and a different solution was required. But what could we do that was within our power, and would make a real difference?

  • Well, it occurred to us that we really do get stuck in our bubble here – doesn’t everyone, everywhere? It’s just too easy to forget about the people behind closed doors, just a few metres away, for whom Christmas might not be quite such a jolly time. That’s why, instead of the aforementioned agency fare, we’ve decided to give with our time instead, hosting the local elderly community for Christmas lunch at our place.

    We spent our lunchtimes door-dropping and you know, I had no idea how long that would take. Special thanks to Mike for his double trips pounding the pavements.

    Then last week was the day when we got cooking, stirring, chopping and generally busy making a slap-up meal for our lovely guests. I found myself on cooking duty and can also report that I didn’t cause any illnesses – an extra win.

    We had a great time, brought tons of cheer to our neighbours and also got to meet some lovely folk too. You really can’t imagine the lovely, lovely stories, the brilliant ties, the amount of Prosecco drunk. It was the definition of Christmas, just a wonderful time had by us and them, and I can’t wait to do it again.

    So thanks so much to everyone who supported us this year and who hasn’t grumbled at the lack of cards etc. It’s because of you that our brilliant elderly guests had a lovely time, so thanks from them as well.

    Merry Christmas.

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