You may be aware that it was Christmas Jumper Day and money was raised for Save the Children. Please do donate even £1 (for which 99p will go to STC) and can buy:
- one day’s high-nutrient food to help treat a severely malnourished child
- nine sachets of oral rehydration treatment for children suffering from life-threatening diarrhoea
- antibiotics to treat three newborn babies with potentially deadly infections
I thought that this was a perfect time to make a Carol Singer TRH craft (for the Christmas TRH Book Advent) wearing their own Christmas jumper. I made mine red like the jumper I was wearing – and all of my boys asked if I’d actually made a minature me. I actually originally saw the Toilet Roll Carollers on ThinlySpread – who also organised the Save the Children bloggers twitter party as well as many other fantastic work/ideas for Save the Children.
Again a really straight forward easy craft activity. I started with a toilet roll holder that I had painted red. I then rolled 2 bits of red crepe paper to make the arms and attached them with tape. I drew around the toilet roll holder, to make a circle for the head, on white paper and drew the features. It was important to do an open mouth to represent the singing. After attaching the face I taped on some shredded paper for hair Then the finishing touches of a pink sock for a hat, and a snowman sticker for the Winter jumper. I think I will make a crowd of singers with the boys with different stickers to make different Christmas jumper types.
We do not seem to hear many Carol singers any more. I remember as a child knocking door to door singing, about like Halloween I guess. Is this also just seen as begging and therefore a tradition that has died out?
Did you use to carol sing? Do you have carol singers knock on your door now?
For the book I thought I’d go with the Mr.Men – you can not really go wrong with these fantastic books written by Roger Hargreaves can you. My youngest really wants snow for Christmas and so I picked “A White Christmas.” I have to admit my memories of Christmas as a child always have snow in them. I had to have boots because the snow came all up to my knees on the walk to school. My favourites were my Moon Boots – did anyone else have those?
The story begins explaining about how busy Father Christmas is before Christmas, reading everyone’s letters. He received one from a boy in Australia who wished for snow. This is really nice for us because my son received a letter from Dorky Mum‘s son in Australia and he too was saying how it seems strange it being hot at Christmas.
Once they made the snow in Australia it seemed that not everyone was as enthusiastic about it and so they made it disappear. This is a true Mr Men book with everything you would expect – but Christmassy. It is one of 7 Christmas Mr Men books as far as I can work out. With great illustrations and a story that children will love.
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