the spirit of christmas

©Universal Press Syndicate. Original work by Bill Watterson.

©Universal Press Syndicate. Original work by Bill Watterson.

As usual, the day before the actual Christmas, it was celebrated with much gusto at Namma Shaale – on 24th December itself.

The children had been toiling for quite a while to set up a cute ‘nativity’ scene, preparing to sing quite a few carols, with some background music to boot – what with the erdkinder supporting the music sessions with a drum set and couple of electric guitars. Good ol’ trustworthy Anthony set up the mike system and the forenoon session came to a close with all children having fun and veggie burgers and much else from the famed  amma bakery of Banawadi!

The afternoon was quite novel in the sense that – all children and adults associated with the school had been asked (a couple of weeks earlier) to come up with homemade/handmade gifts – to be given to another child/adult from the school. Lots had been drawn and the lot of these folks were decided and each gifter (argh!) knew and got to spend sometime (in a structured manner)  with the giftee (argh! argh!!) – so that gifts could be appropriately thought about and worked upon.

All in all (it is not just another brick in the wall), I must say that this was a very good success, in the sense that the range of gifts that were made (and handed over on 24th) was very wide and there were quite a few targetted and cute ones – of course, all painstakingly handmade.  Of course, the ‘adults’ (‘teachers’ in Montessoriese) had taken extra care to come up with their ideas and it is amazing that they had the time do these – what with their nammashaale responsibilites and home related ones.

Apparently many parents seem to have caught on to the nammashaale zeitgeist and have suitably pitched in. They have had their creative juices flowing too, and with their ideas getting translated to a good form by their children – the effect was so nice… The children are truly gifted!  (and let us hope that those few parents who couldn’t spend as much time, energy etc with their children, would do that the next time)

What fun we had – and how nice it was, NOT to share any commercially made flimsy & gross contraption – and to talk (show off) in detail about how a gift was made…

It is really incredible, if one lets the children be, me thinks.

And for once, we proved the inimitable Bill Watterson wrong about our own kahlweens, I mean! 🙂

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  • Reshma  On January 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    This is a nice write – up and teh whole idea was very warming 🙂

    The little one had a ball following a recipe to make chikis for yelamma. Of course I had to intervene for safety near the stove, but otherwise – really nutty and lovely experience for him. The ideas put forth by the admin/teachers on this deserves much love and kudos!


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