Words of Joy: How you could spread Christmas cheer this year

Published on: 11 December 2020

This is a strange Christmas for many of us - but our Writer in Residence Smriti Halls thinks we can all still spread a little festive cheer...

Tis the season to be jolly... but our jolliness definitely looks a bit different this year.

With school concerts and nativity plays moving online, and carol services without any singing, some people might be feeling lonely or isolated this Christmas.

Our Writer in Residence Smriti Halls decided to do something about it - so she arranged for primary school children to sing carols to local elderly residents (you can watch a snippet in the video above).

Spreading #WordsOfJoy

Children after singing carols to local residents

Now, Smriti wants to challenge YOU to spread words of joy this Christmas.

You don't have to arrange a full carol concert - but you could sing outside someone's front door or window.

Maybe you could read a story to someone on Zoom or a similar service, or record a video message that they'll be able to watch over and over again?

Or perhaps you could write someone a letter, make them a Christmas card, or draw them a picture to let them know you're thinking of them.

We'd love to hear how you're spreading #WordsOfJoy this season, so make sure you let us know by tweeting us, using the hashtag, on @BookTrust and @SmritiPH.

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