A Perfect Christmas Craft for Children

Anyone who knows you will tell you that I’m the sort of Mum who loves to bake and craft with my child in the run-up to Christmas.

Or at least… they will tell you that if I pay them enough money.

The truth is I can’t cook very well. I have precisely one Christmas craft (snow globes) and one Christmas recipe (Bauble Cookies) in my repertoire.

Fortunately Flea seems to have inherited my fundamental disinterest in being good at crafts. There’s not much I find less entertaining than cutting things up and sticking them together. Except possibly things involving glitter. Nothing involving glitter ever ended well, in my experience.

Perhaps that’s why I’m so pleased the cub group Flea goes to takes part in a Christmas card making project each October. At one of our autumn meetings, the kids sit down with pens and pencils and glitter, and draw Christmas cards. The website turns these designs into a Christmas card, which are then given to parents so we can order personalised Christmas cards in time for the festive season, featuring our child’s design – AND raise money for the cubs at the same time.

Amazing, right?

Now, I’m all about letting children be creative on their own terms, so I didn’t interfere with Flea’s picture last year. She drew a lovely snowman and a (slightly wonky) MERRY CHRISTMAS sign. Adorable.

This year?

Well, the Father Christmas and the kitten-sized reindeer are adorable, to be sure.

But what’s that picture on the stocking, there, over the fireplace?

“It’s a cross, Mummy,” explained Flea.

Oh.

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but thinking it looks a little bit like, well, like a swastika, to be frank.

flea

And now I’m faced with the dilemma of all dilemmas.

Do I not buy the festive-nazi Christmas cards and risk being a terrible parent and not valuing her creativity, or do I buy and send the cards and risk offending all our friends and family?

Or do I buy the cards and send them to people we’re not all that keen on?

What would you do?

 

 

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

26 Comments

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:54 am

      I can’t edit a masterpiece like this! Can I?

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:54 am

      I bought a packet. I think family will see the funny side. Probably.

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:55 am

      Thanks Lesley!

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:55 am

      Genius idea – if only I can get Flea to go along with it…

  1. Dan Thornton
    16th October 2013 / 1:08 pm

    On the plus side, the symbol itself was used for thousands of years as a sacred symbol of auspiciousness before it became associated with the Nazis, and is still widely used in Indian religions, so you could just think of it as a multicultural, multifaith card.

    Or just go with the sticker idea – that sounds like the best solution…

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:55 am

      That’s very good. Maybe that’s what Flea was really aiming for?

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:55 am

      Nice spot!

  2. 16th October 2013 / 1:23 pm

    Its OK, a swastika going one way is a Nazi symbol – going the other way is means “auspicious” in Hinduism. If anyone asks its a multicultural card!
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    • Sally
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      29th October 2013 / 12:55 am

      Ooh, I like that theory.

  3. 16th October 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Fabulous opportunity to apply glitter to the cross and add your/ Flea’s own little extra touch. You can have a lot of fun with glitter glue, if you don’t want to cover every surface of house in glitter. Or the recipient’s house, for that matter.
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    • Sally
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      29th October 2013 / 12:56 am

      No, no, no to glitter! *stern glare*

  4. Nikki
    16th October 2013 / 8:48 pm

    Oh that’s just too funny – you’re spot on with it resembling a swastika. How about you buy a single pack (ticking off that helpful raise money for cubs thing) and just give the few you do get to family who you can explain the card too.

    Still, very funny – next time get her to stick to using finger paints PMSL. You can’t go wrong with that can you?

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:56 am

      I did indeed buy a single pack. Am now Mother of the Year, clearly.

  5. 17th October 2013 / 7:51 am

    “aw sorry Flea, the cards don’t seem to have arrived on time, we’ll have to use these ones instead!” – sorry, I always seem to resort to white lies.

    Or the sticker idea is a good one! Ha, oh my!
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    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:56 am

      hahaha. Evil.

  6. Slummy single mummy
    18th October 2013 / 9:53 am

    It DOES look like a swastika…

    You have to buy some I think, otherwise you are a Bad Parent. (I have learnt this lesson the hard way…).

    You could always add a casual PS to the cards – ‘Sorry about the Nazis, hope you have a great Christmas!’ That sort of thing.

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:57 am

      Oh perish the thought that I should be a bad parent *cough*

      And I like the idea of a cheery PS.

  7. Purplemum
    18th October 2013 / 7:25 pm

    It is a swastika, your daughter is clearly making a post modern statement about the oppression of Christmas and erm, yeah you have to buy them.

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:57 am

      Post-modern, eh? I could go along with that…

    • Sally
      Author
      29th October 2013 / 12:57 am

      We’re broke. Spent all my money buying up Nazi Christmas cards.

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