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School Kris Kringle

Pile of Kris Kringle gifts at schoolI’ve noticed in the last few years that schools are encouraging (if that’s the right word) Kris Kringles for gifts between the kids.

Not sure if this is good or bad really. Certainly easier if kids just give each cards but a few would always want to give a gift to special friends. Then there is the risk of hurting people if one gets a gift and another doesn’t so it can be hard to stop. I see both sides of that.

One child did one at school last week and the gift had a $10 to $20 limit – that’s a lot of money for kids I think, especially if it’s not for someone you know well so it could end up being $20 of nonsense or unwanted things. I also found it a big range – some kids will spend $9.99 and get a $21 gift, and so on, which is a bit unfair but could lead to disagreements and hassles in the playground.

Tonight, another child says she will be doing a KK too. A week of school left and they’re told it’s happening with details to be discussed tomorrow! So guess who’ll have to go shopping over this weekend – someone who had thought Xmas shopping finished because I don’t want to go within cooee of a shopping centre at this time of year!

SO am I the only one not enthused about school Kris Kringles this year?

 

* Image courtesy of 123rf

Where to host Christmas?

I’ve never spent Christmas Day anywhere but at a relative’s home. I understand that a restaurant appeals to some people, but it has never come up for our family gatherings and I’ve been happy with that.

This year, my in laws are due to host it (it swaps between two houses usually) but for health reasons they are less able to do so. So we were going to host it but we have some space issues (plus quite a few things on our plate) and my partner suggested we hire the local hall instead.

I’m torn between the two options and would love to hear other people’s opinions please…

Home

  • convenient & can’t forget anything
  • need to do lots of tidying etc
  • places for babies to sleep (especially mine!)

Hall

  • have to pay to hire it
  • have to pack stuff (cutlery, tablecloths, decorations, etc)
  • lots of space (indoors and out) & parking
  • multiple toilets
  • will have to clean everything up that night – including taking rubbish with us
  • no dishwasher

Either way, I’ll have to do lots of cooking and kids will need supervision outside.

Has anybody hosted Christmas but in another venue? How did it go?

12 Aussie days of Christmas

I know someone else posted about the 12 days of Christmas, but I heard a different version today at school so I thought I’d try and remember it for you.

My true love brought to me…

one lyrebird in a gum tree

two beach umbrellas

three splashing swimmers

four …

five banana chairs

six …

seven …

eight crazy chickens

nine…

ten…

eleven pairs of thongs

twelve …

Ok, so there’s a lot I forgot so I’ll see if I can get the rest to fill in the gaps!

Christmas songs at school

Today, I went to an afternoon tea at my children’s school – it was to thank parents and others who do things to support the school, such as go on excursions and help with reading programs. During the afternoon, various classes came in and sang Christmas songs for us.

It was lovely to hear them sing, and watch the actions they had obviously practised – they were so cute! The joy on their faces to be doing something for us, as well as the fun of the songs, was great, too.Santa and children singing carols

The grade 1 classes sang “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth“- and at least a third of them actually had front teeth missing so the song was a good choice 🙂

That’s Christmas should be – people sharing good times, children laughing and having fun, and people happily doing something special for others. May you and your children have a happy Christmas!

Kulkuls

Kulkuls are an Indian biscuit that is made in most (all?) regions of India for Christmas. They’re easy to make and the kids will have fun BUT make sure an adult does the frying and heating the syrup.

We made some yesterday – it was great timing as our Santa letters arrived afterwards so we nibbled on yummy Indian Kulkuls while reading Australian themed Santa letters! Some port for parents, milk for kids, and it made a really nice family evening:)

So, onto the Kulkul recipe…

You need: 1 kilo of flour, 1 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon ground cardamon, 2 Tablespoons ghee, 2 cups of coconut milk, 8 Tablespoons sugar (very fine so use castor sugar or grind some other sugar yourself) and 4 eggs.

Beat the eggs, then mix in with the baking powder and flour. Add in the sugar, cardamon and coconut milk.

Knead the dough then cover with a damp cloth for about 30 minutes.

Separate the dough into small portions and roll into balls (remember playing with play dough as a kid?) Flatten the balls with the back of a fork, leaving lines in it, then curl up the edges a bit before deep-frying in small batches.

Drain on paper towel or newspaper.

Heat 2 cups of sugar to 6-8 Tablespoons of water until sugar is dissolved. Place kulkuls in the syrup to absorb the syrup, then put aside to let the sugar harden.

Store in airtight containers.

Note – ghee is a form of fat used a lot in Indian cooking. Instead of ghee, you can use shortening or a light margarine.

Paper chains

Did anyone else make paper chains for Christmas?

We made them at school every year during Primary school, plus I attempted making some at home. We didn’t have strips of paper so I tried cutting my own and I never did get the cutting quite straight! The home made ones were a bit boring, too, as we never had coloured paper and my attempts to colour them with pencils were a bit faint and dismal.

child made paper chains strung across a ceiling

Paper chains – cheap and easy to make for instant colour in a room for Christmas!

Our classrooms were always decked in paper chains – and I always looked back on the previous year’s room and wondered why the kids made chains instead of using the ones we had made (never occurred to me that the year above me probably had done some too!) I wanted to know where they stored them all…

No more paper chains?

I don’t think my kids have ever made paper chains anywhere but at home – they don’t do them at school or childcare, or even at Joeys (the craft hub of our lives right now.) I wonder why?

Maybe they try to make things so each child gets one to take home, and maybe they prefer things that last better than paper chains so they can be stored and used for Christmas after Christmas. All very reasonable but paper chains were a fun part of Christmas each year!

Might have to start cutting some strips for this weekend – but I’ll use a cutter instead of scissors this time!

The 12 days of Christmas 21st century style

I just found another version of the old 12 days of Christmas – I thought it was clever and funny…

Modern 12 days of Christmas
by Sarah Murray

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
a cell phone with 90 minutes free.a mobile phone from my true love for Christmas

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
2 Tomigatchis and
a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
3 on-line services,
2 Tomigatchis,
and a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
4 collect calls,
3 on-line services,
2 Tomigatchis,
and a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
5 Beanie Babies,
4 collect calls,
3 on-line services,
2 Tomigatchis,
and a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
6 laser printers,
5 Beanie Babies,
4 collect calls,
3 on-line services,
2 Tomigatchis,
and a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
7 office laptops,
6 laser printers,
5 Beanie Babies,
4 collect calls,
3 on-line services,
2 Tomigatchis,
and a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
8 WWJD bands,
7 office laptops,
6 laser printers,
5 Beanie Babies,
4 collect calls,
3 on-line services,
2 Tomigatchis,
and a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
9 Tickle Me Elmos,
8 WWJD bands,
7 office laptops,
6 laser printers,
5 Beanie Babies,
4 collect calls,
3 on-line services,
2 Tomigatchis,
and a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
10 Adidas jackets,
9 Tickle Me Elmos,
8 WWJD bands,
7 office laptops,
6 laser printers,
5 Bennie Babies,
4 collect calls,
3 on-line services,
2 Tomigatchis,
and a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
11 cool CDs,
10 Adidas jackets,
9 Tickle Me Elmos,
8 WWJD bands,
7 office laptops,
6 laser printers,
5 Beanie Rabies,
4 collect calls,
3 on-line services,
2 Tomiqatchis,
and a cell phone with 90 minutes free.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
12 awesome friends,
11 cool CDs,
10 Adidas jackets,
9 Tickle Me Elmos,
8 WWJD bands,
7 office laptops,
6 laser printers,
5 Beanie Babies,
4 collect calls,
3 on-line services,
2 Tomigatchis,
and A CELL PHONE WlTH 90 MINUTES FREE!

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