Christmas around the world

Around the world during December, we mark World Aids Day and International Migrants Day. Life for present-day inhabitants of Bethlehem is restrictive and frustrating. Too much of the chocolate we will give and receive is not fairly traded. Almost all of the waste we generate will not be recyclable.

Christmas highlights a multitude of thorny issues all over the globe. Alongside our partners at Christian Aid and World Mission Council, we ensure that our materials have an international element.

All across the world, it is often women in the lowest paid sectors who make the toys, gifts and food for our Christmas markets. ALTERnativity tries to ensure a more authentic and real connection with these women as a way of honouring their part in the Christmas story.

Over the years we have ordered gift boxes from an NGO working with prostitutes in Bangkok, angels made of newspaper from Nicaragua and decorations from groups in Palestine. You will find some of these as well as global-themed resources in our shop.


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