We're trying something a little bit different in the Goldfish household this year...
OUR GIFTS TO ONE ANOTHER MUST BE HANDMADE
Not sure how it will work out, but the initial response from the children has been very positive.
I just got so fed up with hearing "I want" from them. Every single time there is an advertisement for a toy or game or piece of electronic equipment... one of them will pipe up saying "I WANT TO GET THAT"
Well... what I WANTED was for them to discover the joy of giving, as well as receiving. I WANTED them to focus on others... to think about a suitable gift for someone else... to spend time creating that gift.. and then experience the joy of giving it. I WANTED to take the focus away from high priced electronic 'must haves'... and get back to the basics.
I would love this to become a family tradition for us... but we'll have to see how it comes together first.
So I have been doing lots of brainstorming with the kids. Of course, we have been planning in secret... so it has the added benefit of me getting to spend one-on-one time with each child, which they love. They are so excited about the making process, so I'm hoping it will become something that they look forward to each year.
Now... all of this of course means that I must make their gifts, too.
Master Nine is into all things alien at the moment. So I suggested to him that he could make a playdough model, or draw a picture of an alien... and I would make it into a cuddle toy for him. He loved the idea, and has come up with this:
Just in case you are wondering... those bits sticking out the side are wings!
Now, of course mine won't look exactly like this model. It is simply my inspiration. Stay tuned to see how it comes together...