A Nun’s Letter to Father Christmas

Dear Father Christmas,

I know there is a difference between you and Santa Claus, but I’m not sure what it is, so I am writing to you in the hope that you are the right person to address. You must be very busy just now with all the wish-lists you get, especially from grown-ups. I bet some of them make you smile! I’d love to see what Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merkel have on theirs. Probably the pope’s and Ian Paisley’s are a bit different, but I expect you have some kind of confidentiality agreement forbidding you to discuss them.

I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you what we’d like for Christmas.

We realise you can’t do any of the important things, like ridding the world of hunger, poverty and disease, but this is what we’d like to find in our Christmas stocking, please:

1. The wherewithal for a house (e.g. an affordable mortgage) so we can go on serving those who often get forgotten by bigger establishments and can welcome those who want to join our community (sorry to keep going on about it, but we have been working away at this for years and the need is greater than ever). Perhaps one of your elves could pop this button in among all the chocolate ones in everyone else’s stocking?

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2. Some volunteer help with the remastering of recordings for the blind and visually impaired — you know we can’t do everything although we do the best we can.

And that’s it, really. We don’t want anything just for ourselves. Our present to all the others on your list will be to go on doing what we’ve always done: praying and working for their salvation. That’s what Christmas is about really, isn’t it?

Love and keep warm,

Digitalnun & Companions

P.S. Quietnun says she doesn’t want to be ungracious but videos of other religious communities give her indigestion, so no stocking-fillers of that kind, please; and Bro Duncan says he doesn’t mind what he gets so long as there’s enough to eat.

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4 thoughts on “A Nun’s Letter to Father Christmas”

  1. Dear Sister,

    Would you mind publishing directions for those of us from the USA who may like to donate. Is paypal possible?

    Thank you,
    Ellen

  2. Thank you, Ellen, for your generous thought. At the moment you can either use our Charity Choice page (use the ‘help the nuns’ button or go to our main website, http://www.benedictinenuns.org.uk) with a Visa or Mastercard (there is a mention that for large donations you may have to ring your credit card company first: the numbers are given in the help section) or send a check (preferably a sterling draft). In either case, we are happy to issue a receipt for tax purposes.

    Sadly, we have had to pull out of Paypal: it has taken nine months to get access to the donations people have given because of Paypal’s strange way of working with Charities and it has eaten up too much time.

    We are hoping to do something more efficient from an American point of view next year: the charges for CAFAmerica are prohibitive at present, although if we were ever to have someone wanting to give a big sum, there is always the DAF option.

  3. Dear Sister,

    I think there might be some question about what you mean by sending a stirling note from the US.

    I didn’t know how to go about it, but I went to my local bank and they took care of it quite easily.

    A person just has to give a certain amount in US currency to their local US bank. The bank then converts it to a British Stirling amount in a check made out to Holy Trinity Monastery.

    My bank charged a small fee and that stirling check draft was sent to my house in two days. I then sent that by regulaar mail to the monastery.

    It was just a small local bank and they told me I was the first to ever tequest this, but it was in their procedures and they handled it with ease.

    Thanks,

    Meg

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  4. Thank you, Meg. On this side of the pond, where we are constantly having to change into different currencies, we (I) forget that doing so may be an unusual transaction for a U.S. citizen. Another reminder just how vast the U.S.A. is!

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