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Last night, my son graduated form primary school. As part of the preparations, he decorated his mortarboard.
This morning, we discovered Tinkles and Ginger in graduate gowns on my son’s mortarboard as they graduate in front of a Lego audience!
We’re not entirely sure what they are graduating from, mind you, but we won’t let any little details like that stop us celebrating!
As always, we enjoyed preparing the letters this year. It was pleasing that so many children coped well with the restrictions this year. And we love reading of their successes and good deeds.
Interestingly. we have written fewer letters to adults this year but more to teenagers. And there seem to be more requests for outdoor and active gifts, along with books and themed gifts (like Bluey, Elsa, and Pokémon) and fewer electronic-based gifts – I wonder if that is a response to lockdowns and doing so much online during 2020?
So we finally found Ginger – she was having a nap in an oven mitt on a pile of tea towels…
All Christmas themed, of course!
A few days ago, Tinkles was busy cleaning Ginger’s teeth. Today, she is back in the bathroom having a bubble bath…
This evening the kids spotted that Tinkles now has a glass of wine in hand as she soaks in the bubble bath!
Tinkles and Ginger were sitting on the kitchen bench this morning, having apparently made a batch of biscuits!
The elves used their own mixer, spoon, rolling pin and biscuits tray, but also got out our mixing bowl and Christmas spoons so we took that as a hint to also cook some biscuits today! We made some passionfruit Christmas biscuits and they are yummy! They will be a nice snack for our last week of school lunches, if I can keep everyone from eating them all today!
Have your elves encouraged you to do some Christmas activity this year?
This morning the kids found our elves pretty quickly as they are in the bathroom cupboard (door open) as Tinkles cleans Ginger’s teeth!
The top part of an electric toothbrush makes a good size toothbrush for Tinkles to hold!
I wonder if Ginger will start singing “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” at some point?
Today we found the elves had gone fishin’!
And later found Tinkles proudly sitting in the herb garden with the fish she caught! Is she planning basil and tomato with her fish dinner tonight I wonder?!
Christmas books and reading them with your family is a great element of Christmas.
However, I came across a new idea called an Elf Library. By having lots of Christmas books on display, the elves have a little home to enjoy between their antics and everyone is reminded to read Christmas books! I think Fleur has come up with a great idea and she was happy to share the idea and her photos with us.
We have reviewed quite a few of those books, but there are certainly some others there we have yet to try! What are your family’s favourite Christmas books?
The books shown here include:
- Christmas Wombat
- Pig the Elf
- The twelve dogs of Christmas by Alison Ritchie
- There was an old bloke who swallowed a present
- All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
- There is a monster under my Christmas tree who farts
- Rudey’s windy Christmas
- Amelia’s Christmas wish
- Skylar and the Christmas elves
- Spot’s Christmas
- Smudger the dog saves Christmas
- There was an old lady who swallowed a star
- How Santa lost his job
- Santa’s …
- The twelve dogs of Christmas (Kevin Whitlark)
- The twelve cats of Christmas (Kevin Witlark)
- Aussie Jingle Bells
- Santa comes to Bendigo
- Bluey Hooray it’s Christmas
So it appears Tinkles and Ginger got hungry last night, or just decided they wanted to have a party, as they have written a shopping list and flicked through some sweet reccipes overnight.
Ginger sitting a in a star biscuit cutter may also be a hint towards some Christmas cooking!
The shopping list reads – lollies, chocolate, ice-cream, gingerbread, candy canes and Smarties (I have used correct spelling to make it easier to read!)
I’m sure most kids would be happy for that shopping trip, but what do you think the odds are of us following Tinkles’ list today?
I really enjoyed the delight my daughter showed this morning when she found Tinkle taking a photo of her baby and Ginger, the baby elf, with Santa!
Tinkles’ camera looks to be a good one – it even has a flash but that was too hard to get photos of!
This morning Tinkles was in a container of Christmas baubles (as she liked my decorating and wanted to add to my part of the tree, according to my son!)…
But after school we noticed that Tinkles was holding two baubles and sitting in our Christmas tree!
Ginger was sitting in Santa’s arms under the tree…
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