Walking through the gates half an hour before school started I was greeted by Christmas carols sounding out of the Principal's office adding an extra spring to my walk, despite feeling a bit under the weather. I passed little messages of kindness and love along the wall of the Primary school before I entered the gym that had been decked out from top to bottom with Holiday cheer by the good fairies that worked until late last night to make this an unforgettable experience for the little ones.
Sure enough one class after the next came through the gym admiring all the handmade merchandise that was at offer. Many parents had been busy for weeks crafting, creating, teaching and learning from each other sharing experiences and traditions that form this supportive community.
The children did not know which stall to visit first as their eyes tried to take it all in. The little ones needed help with their coins while the big ones already bargained. I overheard one little boy tell his mum: "Look I bought you this lovely jar so you can make me home-made jam." That's what I call Christmas spirit.
Home-made jingle bell hairbands
Fancy a little gift box?
You always need a pompom keyring.
Giant paper wind mills
You are so smart!
Recycling a tomato basket
Many clever hands have been at work here.
Original gift boxes
Paper flowers in my favourite colours
Feeling the love
Christmas tree decorations
It's cool to be kind
It's all in the tradition
Candles in recycled yoghurt glasses
Recycled Christmas wrapping paper
Delicate paper stars: big and small
Colourful gift boxes made from toilet rolls
Couldn't resist these little fellas
These decorative nutcrackers were a hit with the kids... who knew?!?
Candy cane got everyone dreaming since it is hard to come by in Paris.
How to decorate the gym with a little imagination.
It is definitely cool to be kind!