New research from Christian international relief and development agency, World Vision, has suggested that 52 per cent of the UK population - 25 million people - believe that buying Easter eggs is a waste of money.
As violence continues amid attempts at a settlement following the bitterly disputed elections in Kenya, the number of people displaced has increased to some half million people, according to agencies and NGOs working in the country.
On World AIDS Day, people should focus on names and faces rather than just numbers and facts, the Rev Donald Messer told worshippers during a special service at the Upper Room Chapel of The United Methodist Church, Tennessee, USA.
In recent years there has been a trend to send animals such as pigs, llamas, alpaca's, goats, sheep, cows and even worms to the developing world. You can give the animal gifts quickly and easily online and then send them to Africa or South America on someone else's behalf as a Christmas gift. A card telling your loved one, friend or relative what has been given is then sent with your personal message.
As World AIDS day approaches (1st December), Christmas shoppers are being urged to give virtual gifts that benefit sufferers of HIV and AIDS around the world - from HIV education through to giving condoms.
Many teachers would rather receive an ethical gift that benefits children in developing countries - such as those from World Vision, Christian Aid and Oxfam, than chocolate or a bottle of wine, a survey suggests.
World Vision has launched its Alternative Gifts’ Christmas catalogue, encouraging the UK public to buy Alternative Gifts this Christmas and help make a life-changing difference to families and communities living with poverty around the world.