As always, the short, dark days herald the arrival of December. At school, however, this is a great month of learning, singing, playing and giving, lending extra cheer to the coming weeks, as we end our first term. With our families from many diverse backgrounds, traditions at this time of year are varied. But however your family spends the holidays, we have in common festivities that bring light and joy into this dark season.
Sometimes busy December days can make it hard to find a way to make holiday anticipation meaningful for ourselves and the children in our lives. Rushing about, visiting malls, getting everything 'just right' can take the fun out of the best moments of the season. Chatting recently with parents who asked about strategies, we tried to come up with a few ways to make preparing for the holiday, however you may spend it, more relaxed, easy going, and focused on people rather than things.
I thought I would share some of the ideas we came up with – I hope you find them of value as the bustle of December gets started:
- Baking, creating fun sweets for gifts and family dinners;
- Crafts - making cards, wrapping paper, gifts or decorations (there are many excellent books, magazines and websites with fun ideas for creating with your kids!);
- Sharing time with friends and family - such as a games night - where you might pull out those old favourites you always loved playing;
- Reading special books with your children, perhaps old favourites of your own;
- Singing with your kids;
- Visiting somewhere like the Distillery District, the Winter Market at the Brickworks, or Black Creek Pioneer Village for a family outing.
Building great memories is one of the best parts of being a parent. Your children will treasure the special times spent growing traditions that will help them remember the togetherness more than the busyness.
Speaking of traditions, Movie Night has become one of our SBS December traditions; a special time for SBS students and their friends, and a great start to this special time of the year. We are looking forward to another fun night at the movies tomorrow!
I wish everyone the very best that December has to offer.
- Irene Davy, Principal