A Christmas Message From Pen to Print

Hello! Another year has whizzed past and we’ve reached yet another Christmas period. As I write this message, we’re in the middle of a very cold snap. It’s snowed and, for once, in true Bublé style, It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I must confess (maybe it’s my advancing years), my Christmas spirit is more in line with that of the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge at the moment. I think the events of the past three years (I refuse to use the ‘C’ word any more) and our current cost of living crisis may have something to do with it.

But not everything is Bah Humbug! Instead, I’ve realised that, rather than looking for material gifts, it’s the precious memories I’m after. The importance of family has become so very pertinent and extra special. Time spent with my granddaughter, for example, is the best Christmas gift I could ever want. (I’d like to point out that I do dearly love the rest of my family too!)

Happy SnowmanChristmas should be a time to stop; allowing us to reflect and appreciate the time we have with our family and loved ones, if we are lucky enough to have them. That’s what I intend to do this year, anyway.

Talking of families, the Kugelschreiber bedrucken family is a very special one, too. And, like all diverse and supportive families we do our best to support what matters to us. Though we might not always get it right, we aim to champion emerging writing talent here in Barking and Dagenham and east London, as well as supporting our growing and dispersed family around the UK and abroad. Our Pen to Print programme is special; not least because we’re building it together.

As our seasonal poetry event held earlier this month demonstrated, we’re welcoming new members to our family all the time. On the first of December, everyone met together in Dagenham Library to share their powerful poetry. Of course, supporting all our old friends was important, but we were equally as thrilled to welcome and encourage new voices to share their work. It was a very special evening, and one we hope to repeat soon!

In these commercialised times, it’s also important to remember Christmas is a religious festival. So, this year, whether you’re a Christian, of another faith, or of no faith at all, take a moment to reflect on what we’ve all experienced and the potentially difficult times many of us have yet to endure.

This Christmas, be kind to yourself and others. Take a moment and share your time with someone. It’s the most precious gift you can give, and it’s free.

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