Seeing one of the children rushing out of school, clutching a note, has one of three effects on me. A sense of dread (small slip of paper, typically, letting you know that they have unwelcome guests in the classroom – nits), sense of the inevitable (sponsorship or school trip requests – reach for purse, again) or sense of joy (a creative challenge -Yeh!) I love the latter, but I guess it might make other parents groan and, again, reach for their purses/wallets.
This year, the primary school is joining in with Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. Just as I was bemoaning the fact that all my children are now too old to be in the nativity play. The thought of no costume making this year. Instead I had jumper-making to look forward to and plus its a charity I like.
Youngest was easy. Finally settled on using an old jumper of his which had a fox on it. He helped design, but was happy for me to do most of the work! I stitched on the words. Ummed and Ahhed over “Xmas” or “Christmas” but time became a factor. The jaunty Christmas hat, which is perfect for a sneaky fox, came from a toddler jumper I hand knitted years ago and then felted (sob). The white feather boa was left over from an angel outfit from years ago.
Middling wanted to do her own. We found a slightly too big jumper, but lovely festive colour, for her to use. She raided my scrap bag and sequin box, and went for it. I offered to knit her the scarf, but the rest is all hers. This morning I suggested she used some of my 3-D fabric paint to add snow to some of the trees. Five minutes before we left for school, as I stood, using the hair dryer to make the paint set, I did wonder if I should keep my creative suggestions to myself.
She went off happy.
I’m pleased that the school encouraged the children to make their own. They could either wear a shop bought jumper or have fun designing their own, so no-one should feel left out. (Unless they forgot. Like I do sometimes.) My children had fun, and this morning ran into school, clutching their donation money.
(No nits or purses were harmed in this activity)
Are you sporting a Christmas jumper today?