No Elf of the Shelf here, tree not going up until this coming weekend, but we are none-the-less in the Christmas spirit. We've written all our Christmas cards and posted them, I still believe (strongly!) in doing this. We've bought and wrapped all our Christmas presents - the kids have bought their own presents for family out of their own pocket money (I believe strongly in that too! Christmas shouldn't be a one-way path in to the children, I feel it's important to teach them to sacrifice and give too). They are really proud of themselves and happy with the choices they've made and the thought they've put in to choosing their presents. They've wrapped and labelled them themselves, and it means so much because they are giving something of themselves 💖
We've got our advent calendars on the go 🎄😊 Mine is a wooden advent tree, with 24 tiny wooden decorations to hang on it - bought on holiday with DH in Vienna nearly 15 years ago now, and still going strong. DS and DD bought their own advent calendars this year, I said no chocolate ones. So DS sold some of his old toys and bought himself a Lego City advent calendar, and DD followed suit and bought a cosmetics one. They are both thrilled with their choices 😊
I bought us a Book Advent from my fabulous Usbourne lady - who let me hand pick our books from a fab new range. So far we've had these beauties -
I really cannot recommend them highly enough. I'm a HUGE book fan, so it's such a treat to be reading these classics to my little book worms. We settle down for Listening Time each morning, mostly with DS curled right in beside me so he can look at all the pictures, and DD drawing at my feet. The Enchanted Castle (originally a novel by E Nesbitt) and The Canterville Ghost (originally Oscar Wilde) were both new to me and both really superb. The kids favourites so far are Frankenstein and White Fang. It sets our learning for the day as well, we've journied through the times of pirate, the Victorian workhouses to the Gold Rush and more besides! Can't wait to see what we get tomorrow!
On the subject of Books, glorious books - some of you may remember the kids and I were lucky enough to preview a friend's debut children's book earlier in the year. Well, on Monday it came in to print! Of course we were straight on to Amazon to order our copy and read again about Maud and Dragon's adventures in glorious technicolour! What struck me, receiving the hard copy in the post today, was just how beautiful Hannah Shewan-Friend's illustrations truly are. To see them all together in the finished book was really quite a humbling experience. We are so very proud of our talented friend 😊 If you have any children left to buy for this Christmas, I really don't think you could go far wrong with Inky Babble - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inky-Babble-Hannah-Shewan-Friend/
Other things we've been doing this week include a trip to one of our favourite libraries (uh-huh MORE books!!) for DD to meet up with her best friend and work on their Lapland geography project together. They research about the Northern lights, the regions covered by Lapland and the summer's of 24 hour daylight. They decided they would work on making a 3D scene to accompany their presentation. For a first time of working together, self-led, they did really, really well. And DS was excited to find a Terry Pratchett children's book - so we booked that straight out! And, of course, he looked up what he could about his beloved carnivorous plants!
We've also been playing lots of fun games this week :-) Such as Lego Minataurus -