bursting with excitement for the "Chriiiiimas Holllllldays"
...otherwise known as a very random Christmas-themed post.
Firstly, haikus. Let's just say that you're an eloquent and rather poetic bunch. I loved reading through all the giveaway entries and I must admit, those three-line poems really did spark the Christmas spirit within. A few of my favourites included:
#8 - jobungalow
We put our heart in
To the gifts that we create.
Thanks! With love from us
#39 - aluminiumgirl
Celebrate the King
born - a silent, wordless babe
the good news for all.
#48 - Olivia
She asked for beauty
"Be that beauty," they whispered
and her wish came true
#91 - Rachel
leaves jolly hips less trusting
Rudolph is amused
#144 - Accidental Lentil
A red dust toddler
Only sees 'beach' in a book
Get excited, little one
But the contributors were unanimous with their votes and the two very deserving winners are:
#68 - shine little light
Eucalypt and pine
hot music of cicadas,
I'm full to the brim.
#21 - samantha
Sounds of their laughter
echo through our sunlit home
Now, the house is warm.
I've ummed and ahhhed about creating a Christmas gift guide and with all my procrastinating I've realised that it's only two weeks till Christmas and time is, most definitely, running out.
Breathe. It all becomes a little too much at times, doesn't it?!
A lovely design featuring beautiful products was out of my reach so I have simply listed some gift suggestions below. There are products that I've purchased for the children this year as well as gifts that they've been given in the past (and some that I've added to my list of "maybe, one day, I'll keep it in mind"). You'll notice that many of the links go to my sponsors but this is, in no way, a sponsored post.
Without further ado...
- dressing-up gifts are timeless and a brilliant choice for boys and girls. I adore these silk animal masks, pretty silk fairy skirts, the most exquisite hand-dyed and hand-sewn tutus, superhero masks and cape + mask sets.
- I always add a beach toy of some sort to the Christmas stocking. Our favourites include the collection from Green Toys (100% recycled plastic), like this beach set and a marvellous tug boat. Poet's favourite beach/garden toy last year was a little plastic watering can that I picked up from the supermarket.
- books are always found under our Christmas tree and at the moment I'm loving Kissed by the Moon (destined to become a classic), the Montessori series of books on letters, numbers and shapes (absolutely brilliant learning tools and very reasonable), the Buddha comic series (for older readers and adults), Amy & Louis for the story and sweet illustrations and finally, for older kids, How to be an Explorer of the World is genius (and beautifully designed).
- my kids aren't getting many 'toys' this year (except Lego, of course) but in the past they have received the following and they still play with them: stacking rainbow to make bridges, road, tunnels, houses etc, dustpan and brush for house play (and a great way to pack up hundreds of lego pieces), the click clack range of wooden vehicles, puzzles! (those that, preferably, come in a storage box), steiner dolls, our beloved wooden stove + oven, Poet's adored wishbone bike and the Tinyfolk playhouse.
- I thought my kids were sorted for clothes and then I realised Che's bucket hat no longer fits him. He's getting this striped one and Poet already owns this one. High on summer rotation at the moment are Hazyjane pants, bamboo t-shirts (Che calls them the softest tees in the world), Saltwater Sandals, a pineapple dress, a striped smart/casual tee and a light smock top for days out in the sun,
- finally, a few bits + pieces to add to the stocking - fun and practical things, including: a wallet (for the occasional trip to the school canteen), a bohemian bag for little girls who like to dress like muma, crazy scientist activity cards, knitting dolls, wooden skipping ropes, floating paper bird, possibly the entire Micador range (it's available from Big W, too) and a toothbrush (my kids always get a toothbrush!).
I hope you find this list helpful. Tell me, what are your children getting for Christmas?