But since becoming a mother, the accumulation of stuff has
hit crisis point. Three children add a whole other dimension of stuff to buy,
get and hoard.
And it is making me sick. Really and actually weighing me
down, physically and mentally.
Christmas is peak season for stuff. It has taken me a few years and a few children to realise
that at just 6 years, 3 years and 18 months old, my children already have too
much. And I didn’t like what the present frenzy was doing to them. I didn’t
like how it made them behave.
The message of Christmas has been completely drowned out by
the tearing of wrapping paper.
It’s time to change the message.
Santa’s Little Elves is one unique way to start the ball
Though not the first to offer personalised letters from
Santa, Santa’s Little Elves introduce the concept of giving into the mix rather
than focusing solely on ‘being good’ which can often be an abstract concept for
little kids or something that’s quite difficult for them to achieve. In place
of this, Santa invites the child to become one of ‘Santa’s Little Elves’ by
participating in The Spirit of Christmas.
When ordering a letter, as well as giving pieces of
information to personalise Santa’s
message, you can also choose what type of giving activity you want your child
to do. Buying a gift for a Christmas Wishing Tree, donating a toy of their own
to charity or maybe donating old blankets to the RSPCA, the options are
endless. Just choose the activity that you believe will resonate most with your
I think this concept is brilliant for the simple fact that
kids love the opportunity to do
things. Every day I have to remind myself to let them butter their own bread if
they ask because when I stand back and let them do it themselves, the sense of
accomplishment that radiates from them is incredible. And Santa’s Little Elves
help them to discover what a wonderful feeling it is to be in the driver’s seat
of giving to others.
Along with the letter from Santa is included a sticker for
the child to proudly wear and a Christmas ornament to hang on the tree once
they have completed their giving activity. It’s a simple way to give purpose
and meaning to this season that can so quickly descend into “what’s in it for
I think if we give our children a way to do better, they can
and they will. And they’ll love it.
And in keeping with the message they promote via their Santa
letters, the people at Santa’s Little Elves donate a portion of proceeds from every
letter to their local charity, Cystic Fibrosis, Qld.
I want my children to know they are lucky. I want them to
know that there are people less fortunate than them. I want them to experience
what a powerful feeling it is to help make a change, however small, in another
person’s life. Just the other day, Luca asked me, “What’s Christmas spirit,
I talked about giving and I talked about family. And I
thanked the universe for that little invitation to start changing the message.
The lovely people at Santa’s Little Elves are giving one
reader the opportunity to win a personalised Santa letter (valued at $12). But
what if you have three kids? Well, then, you win one for each of them! It’s
possible that if the winner has 13 kids, Santa’s Little Elves may never speak
to me again, but hey, these are the instructions I have been given so who am I
To enter, simply tell me in the comments below which giving
activity you would choose for your kids.
Terms & Conditions
- This competition is open to residents within Australia only and
is a game of chance.
- The winner can claim a letter for every child in their immediate family – sorry, no grandchildren.
- Entries close on Monday 18 November 2013 at midnight AEDT.
- The winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the blog on
Tuesday 19 November 2013.
- The winner must make contact via email within 5 days or another
winner will be drawn.
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Readers of The Little Mumma can get $1 off each letter ordered by using the promo code giving during checkout. Make sure you hit 'Apply changes' to see the discount reflected in your total. This offer also extends to Official Nice List Certificates which are new on the site.
Disclaimer: This post was
generously sponsored by Santa’s Little Elves. Thank you for supporting the
sponsors who help make The Little Mumma blog possible.