For the third year running our home is being taken over by three small kindness elves. They arrive on December 1st and head back to the North Pole on December 24th after leaving a little Christmas Eve goodie box for the kids.
Over the last couple of years I have managed to make December a very stressful time for myself so this year I have aimed to keep it very simple; I thought about the things I wanted Meg and Eli to learn and consider over the Christmas period, to not get drawn into the consumerism which seems to take over at this time of year and instead to remember what we are celebrating at the end of it.
The main elements I want to pull out over the season are kindness, generosity and thinking of others mixed in with some real festive fun alongside the Christmas story. Sounds easy doesn’t it?!
December 1st : Let’s Begin
On November 30th, a magic door to the North Pole appeared on the skirting board in the lounge prompting much excitement that we were soon going to have some special visitors. When Meg and Eli got home from school the elves were waiting with a welcome note and an advent candle. Both Meg and Eli were bouncing up and down with excitement which bodes well for the rest of the month!
Listening to our teachers
Today the kids were going to their swimming lessons after school so the elves made their own swimming pool out of some Christmas baubles. They also made a swing out of Eli’s goggles which he thought was hilarious. Their note today reminded Meg and Eli that their swimming teacher and all their teachers work so hard that it would be great if they could try extra hard to listen today to show their teachers some gratitude and kindness. Given how well Eli did at his swimming lesson, and the fact that Meg was clapped by all of the parents watching poolside during hers I would say they very much took it to heart.
Sharing our toys
This morning we discovered that the elves had been playing with some of the kids toys all night. So very cheeky! They told us that they love to play and have fun with their friends but that it’s important to share and be nice to one another which is very handy as both Meg and Eli have a friend each coming over from school today.
Today the elves brought Meg and Eli a gold chocolate coin each for having such good reports at parents evening earlier in the week. I think it is so important to ensure that in and amongst asking children to look for ways to think of others, that we also praise and recognise when they do something well too.
Today was all about festive fun. We had breakfast with Santa Claus and then we went to a little Christmas Tree farm and chose our real Christmas tree. When we got home the elves had been busy getting all our decorations in a tangle in an attempt to ‘help’ us.
Giving food to those who need it
Today was St Nicholas day and the elves thought it was the perfect opportunitiy to encourage Meg and Eli to think of others. Their note explained that after church we would go to a local supermarket and buy some food to then give to the food bank in the village. This was because there are some people, maybe even people we know, how don’t have enough money to buy food.
I have to say that this has been my favourite activity so far this week; I loved how seriously Meg and Eli took their roles when it came to selecting items for the food bank and how interested they were in why some people have more money than others, how we can help people who don’t have as much money and so on. I got to experience a real glimpse into their generosity and i was very proud and impressed.