Photo credit: Catalin Bot The burden of upholding Christmas traditions falls to women, even in 2020. At least, this is according to a SAGE report. The document outlines the insights into celebrating holidays including Halloween, Bonfire Night, and Christmas during covid-19. Speaking about women at Christmas, the report said: “Women carry the burden of creating and maintaining family traditions and activities at Christmas.” It further stated: “Messaging should be supportive of women adapting traditions.” There is the implication that adapting Christmas to a covid-19 world will also be the responsibility of women this year. Are women really the driving force behind Christmas? Westminster World spoke to members of the public to see how roles are divided or shared
As Christmas is rapidly approaching, shoppers are being urged to reconsider buying their annual festive jumper as new survey reveals 12 million jumpers are expected to be bought this Christmas, fuelling micro-plastic crisis. The Christmas jumper is set to become one of the most infamous examples of fast fashion as it is now revealed to be hugely damaging to the environment and adding to the plastic pollution crisis. Growing public interest in eco-shopping and sustainability alongside concerns over fast fashion has raised alarm over the problematic popularity of Christmas jumpers, as new report finds a third of young adults in the UK buy a new festive sweater every year. The survey was published on the 6 December 2019 by the environmental charity, Hubbub, who sample tested 108 Christ...
Every year millions of Britons generate large amounts of waste during Christmas that goes unrecycled. From early December a Christmas season centered around the early festivities takes over the city of London. Celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in London is a dream, but the hangover of waste it generates is often a nightmare for the city. From hunting the crisp mince pies to shopping for the perfect Pinterest-inspired decorations, the future of the cute wrapping papers is hardly a matter of concern. About 9,000 tonnes of waste are created per year from unusable Christmas trees that end up in landfills. It can take decades to decompose and release 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane adding to the ever rising carbon footprint. The be
Videos played in the church showing their work in previous years | Image Source: Rui Cai A charitable fundraising took place at Elim Full Gospel Chinese Church on Monday. According to Jerry, an organiser of this event, the purpose was to raise money to buy sleeping bags for homeless people on London streets. They intended to help rough sleeping people through the cold weather in December, and as Jerry mentioned before, "to help them enjoy a warm and peaceful Christmas." Organisers came to the venue earlier this morning to set up stalls for different kinds of products that were on sale. “Our church members took ready-made food from home to here, selling it at fairly cheap prices. They also brought used books, cups, jewelry, and CDs, pretty much everything,” said Jerry. Household item
Londoners are divided about whether the “12 days of Christmas” protests are the most effective way to tackle climate change. The climate activist group’s “12 days of Christmas” plan to outdo their Autumn protests. The climate change demonstrations are set to start on December 1, running until December 12, the day of the general election. The London public are unsure whether XR Christmas protests during the busy period are the only way to deal with the issue. One London mum concerned for her children’s future said she was worried and wants to get involved in the December demonstrations. She said: “It is the most effective, but not necessarily the best. It’s the best one at getting an immediate reaction.” An XR member said the group should be doing “more peaceful pr
The young workforce who are trying to make a bit of extra cash end up having an anti-social Christmas. Over 78,000 people have signed a petition to stop shops opening during Christmas and Boxing day after retail workers across the UK have complained about the stress of working during these periods. As Christmas approaches, streets and malls become busier with shoppers from all over the world, and young people are mostly found working in these retail shops which prevent them from spending time with their families on the holidays. Dave William, the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), Media officer told Westminster world: "We know that boxing days are becoming popular in recent times but we don’t see any reason why these sales cannot take place some other day
A-List Hollywood stars Will Ferrell, John Lithgow, Mark Wahlberg, and Mel Gibson attended the UK film premiere of their new movie "Daddy's Home 2" in Leicester Square on Thursday. Ferrell, enjoyed attention from the fans and spent a generous amount of time talking to reporters, whereas Wahlberg barely talked to anyone. Just like their characters in the movie, Ferrell is positive and friendly, while Wahlberg more distant and reserved. As we approach into winter, people are beginning to prepare for the holidays. Drinking hot chocolate, wearing fuzzy socks, and of course watching feel-good Christmas comedies all month long. How about adding "Daddy's Home 2" to your movie list? Following the 2015 hit movie "Daddy's Home," new friends and co-parents Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Wil
Experts are predicting that Christmas sales will grow by 18.4 per cent across Europe this year but that’s because online shopping is becoming popular. Last year a number of retailers found themselves stranded and having difficulties to control the amount of traffic to their websites. Experian, a leading global informative providing data and analytical service to companies and clients around the world said shoppers are expected to rank in more items this years compared to last year as most retailers are now better prepared. The agency says Christmas spending in the UK this years is predicted to rank in more for the economy with online retailers in the UK expected to see Christmas sales grow by 16.9 per cent. The total online sales for the year set to reach £52.25 bn accounting for