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

Banning Santa or religion?

At Fort Worth in the USA, schools are not allowed to have Santa and gifts in classrooms – decorations are only allowed if ‘part of the curriculum’ and parties only if for educational purposes.

Keeping distractions (like an actual visit from Santa) out of class time – absolutely sensible and reasonable.

Keeping gifts out because they might have to include a religious message? Santa is not truly part of any religious Christmas. Surely if a child chooses to give a gift with a religious message that is the child’s choice? And the child may give a religious message to friends aside from a gift or Christmas card anyway. I am against religion in state schools (so yah Fort Worth for keeping the two separate) but don’t see that Santa and gifts need to be banned – just ban religious images and stories in the classroom.

Just let the kids have a bit of fun and enjoy the magic of Santa and Christmas – why stop them just because some adults are scared of religious connections causing trouble?

Very glad my kids are allowed to have Santa and Christmas at school – could do without excessive gift giving but that’s another topic altogether! How would you feel if your kids had this stuff banned? How would you have felt as a kid without Santa and cards allowed at school?

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!

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!

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