We made a super easy Advent calendar this year. So simple to make and the cherubs came up with kind acts and fun stuff to do together. Each paper envelope has the day, a picture and inside a small note. Some example photos shows our activity 🙂
We stuck them to the wall with blue tac in the shape of a Christmas tree.
Maybe you have some free space on a wall? Hope you have a beautiful season. Xx
We only had cat stickers to put inside but they still worked well.
Ever year at Christmas our family gives gifts to the wonderful carers at my children’s Childcare centre. We usually gift a donation for a charity as part of our present each child’s room.
Previously, we have given polio vaccinations, adoptions for rescued farm animals at animal sanctuaries etc.
This year I am very excited about our “For the Animals” donations, an Australian based charity working in partnership with “Wildlife Alliance”. Wildlife Alliance is a grass roots conservation charity operating in southwest Cambodia with a wildlife rescue program, training and sponsorship of wildlife protection (anti poaching) patrols, a rescue centre and a rehabilitation centre. These facilities are centred on animal welfare. They operate with responsible tourism principles. These animals are not commodities, but individuals with their own story and great conservation value.
We have adopted an elephant and a clouded leopard. Check out the photos! We received a soft toy, certificate of adoption, the animal’s story and photos!
I have done ecological research in the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia, a global biodiversity hotspot that needs protection. I plan to return one day, hopefully for PhD research, but we will see.
For now, we will donate and help our planet by giving a better future at Christmas, for the animals, for their habitats and for us.
What does it say about our society when a little boy has to wear a tshirt that pronounces he is autistic and asks for strangers to be kind to him? What treatment has this small person endured from adults in his world that has driven his parents to dress him this way?
I was in the carpark of a shopping centre with my children when I saw a little boy standing next to my car. We said hello and he smiled back at us. His mother raced up to catch him with her arms full of parcels, obviously worried. We said smiled hello and greeted each other. The tension shifted from her and her shoulders visibly dropped. It wasn’t until I was reversing from my spot that I noticed his shirt.
On the front said in bold print “I’m autistic”. On the back said “I’m autistic. Please be kind to me”. I wanted to jump out of my car and hug this woman (alas, not appropriate). How stressed must she feel leaving the house to enjoy the sunshine? We live in a modern age, full of opportunity and information. How could our society arrive here? Is this as good as it gets? Please no. Let this be a message and a journey of repair.
This might sound like common sense, but I will continue anyhow:
- Everyone has their own path and their own story,
- Judgement breeds insecurity, resentfulness and sadness,
- Kindness is the basis of everything- when stripped bare, all we really want is kindness,
- Children learn from modelled behaviour,
- Words hurt,
- Love heals,
- It is our communal responsibility to care for the children in our area,
- People who complain about the state of our society’s problems better back themselves with direct action,
- Small acts of kindness on a regular basis make us better people,
- Better people make better communities,
- Better communities make better societies,
- Better societies make a better world.
I pledge to this little boy and his family. I will be kind. Thanks for the reminder.
A Christmas message: love thy neighbours and their children.
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