I was at London's Oxford Circus last weekend when I had a sudden "Oh wow, Christmas is getting close" realisation. The streets were decorated with bright A Christmas Carole themed lights and shop windows displayed banners telling me that my partner would love a new blender/jumper/iPod for Christmas.
If you are eyeing off mince pies and turkey in the supermarket and are generally feeling festive, why not channel that into entering Crimestoppers' 2010 Christmas Card Competition? The competition is open to those aged from 5 to 21 and entries must be received by the charity before 8 January 2010. If you're over 21, why not encourage a young person you know to get involved? There are great prizes to be won including a Nintendo DS Lite, £200 worth of shopping vouchers and an iPod Touch.
Children aged 5 to 10 are asked to design a card that combines a Christmas message with a warning about the rise of burglary at Christmas. 11 to 16 year-olds should design a card featuring a Christmas message with a warning about the risks of drink-driving at Christmas. 17 to 21 year-olds are encouraged to combine a Christmas message with a warning about the rise of domestic violence at Christmas.
One winning design will be chosen from each age group. This design will then be turned into a 2010 Christmas card! You can get more information about the competition on the Crimestoppers website.
Get designing and good luck!