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8.12.10

That every kid in the class thing


Maxi Taxi came home from school the other day munching on a gingerbread man and holding a crumpled card in his hand. "Merry Christmas, Max. Love Elliot".

Oh no, I thought. They're doing that 'every kid in the class' thing. I dreaded that thing. Now here it is and it's only Kindergarten.

Elliot's mum has twins Maxi's age and an older boy. She's managed to do the every-kid-in-the-class Christmas thing with three classes to cater for. Three.

Of course, always one to rise to a challenge, I dug out some old seed packets, a heart hole punch and a weird little banner punch that I bought long ago and never remembered why. Last year's batch of received Chrissy cards were duly punched through to make some snazzy decorations. Then I borrowed Paola Zakimi's little birdie gift tags which were a freebie from the awesome magazine Gifted. I had already used her image to make my Christmas cards (all sixty seven of them posted in the red box at the end of our street today... phew!).  I popped a whizz fizz into each seed packet, punched a few holes, strung on the gift tag and viola! I know I'm supposed to painstakingly cut out each swing tag but, you know, these kids are six years old. Surely, the details are less important when you're six? Surely!

I read Life in a Pink Fibro's Chrissy card post last week and it went nuts. What is it about the giving and receiving of Christmas cards that sends us into a frenzy? 

* I vow that next year I am going to learn my way around a camera!!

26 comments:

Gifts of Serendipity said...

Woah!
That is WAY more effort than we have expended but I'm loving your creativity and the wizz fizz is inspired!

What is it with the every child = a card thing anyway?

Felicity x

Jess said...

SIXTY TWO XMAS CARDS! That is seriously crazy. Every year I either buy or make cards and every year I cant seem to get them from the kitchen table to the mailbox!

I love your little kindy gifts!

Cate said...

I'm tired just looking at your little burst of xmas enthusiam - had a reindeer disaster at my house today...so not going to have the snazzy gifts for every child in the class tomorrow...but I'll see what I can do tonight before I completely give-up :-) xxxCate

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

They look fabulous! You did a great job, very impressive.
I almost always send mine late. I am guessing my friends and family expect this now. I am still finishing off Zoe's birth thank you cards......from September 2009. Yes, 2009. They will probably be sent with the Christmas thank yous...in March.

fairchildstreet said...

Well done. I have mailed 3 Christmas cards. My son doesn't want to give out any t his year (year 1 and 2 he did). I am one of the ones that is over Christmas cards. Charmaine

april said...

BRILLIANT thank you for the idea :)

Naturally Carol said...

Whizz fizz Christmas card gifts, you've certainly upped the ante...tomorrow night there will be half a class more worth of parents pulling their hair out thinking what they can do to at least equal that!

Mammamusing said...

The blogging world will be filled with posts from exasperated mums moaning how they'll beat the kindegarten wizz fizz Xmas gift for all :p

Awesome burst of creativity on your part :)

BabyMac said...

I don't need to know about these things. They scare me. But you? AMAZING. Nice one Mama, nice one.

Mrs BC said...

These are seriously awesome! Very creative & inspiring..too bad I've already done the lame candy cane in the bought card thing. Oh well, there is always next year!
Mrs BC
xx

Mrs Woog said...

Candy Canes (cherry flavoured... not peppermint) in a zip lock bag for them to give out to whom they wished..... power trip gon mad xo

MultipleMum said...

We just did our "every kid in the class cards'. No sweet treats on ours - they should be flattered that we bothered at all! I actually bought the cards to send to our friends but Nugget pretty much used them all!

life in a pink fibro said...

You make them? For every kid in the class? Are you NUTS???? Mr6 is currently writing out his 10-12 cards (small, bought) and is thrilled. I asked how many he needed. He said '10-12 should do it'. Here's to the A list.

Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

These look friggen awesome!!
WOW.....they are amazing for something you 'whipped up ' with stuff you already had! YOU GO GIRL! Super Mumma!
As a teacher I know....these kind of things are very much appreciated & I think it's great that you went the extra mile to create something unique for your son's classmates!
xo

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

wow - i'm worried. Kinder finishes on Friday and i am NOT doing a card for all the kids thing - i don't even know all their names to do that! i love your cards, creativity and wizz fizz!! it was like that bird tag was meant to be used by you!!

Lucy said...

You are too good.

I never got round to it last year with Olivia. This year I over heard her tell some of her little mates that "we don't bother with cards for the whole class". EEEEK! but she's right. We don't. Three kids in three separate classes. That will all change round in Term one anyway.

I'll admit, my grinchlike tendencies come out about now....

Rachel said...

Oh my now I feel like I need to get a move on..... I had grand plans which as of yet Ive not even started.... every kid huh... lets see what we can do

Chicken Willow said...

Oh gosh, I've just been ignoring the things my kids have been bringing home. I'm telling myself I'll make a better effort next year. I love what you've done. xx

Sammie said...

2 Christmas cards sent.
2 CHristmas cards received.
Parents and Sister.
Thats it for me.

Gill@OurParklife said...

one of my closest friends still remembers the christmas cards I sent out in year three simply because they had sparkly stickers in each card...and because she didn't get one...Obviously this was the days before the "every kid in the class thing" and we were not friends yet...

But how she likes to remind me that she DID NOT get a card with a special sparkly sticker

My guess, is Max's cards will be etched into the memory of each child - they are AMAZING!

Gill xo

Jodie at Mummy Mayhem said...

Yeah, well...they're ok I suppose.....pffft.

*prints off to copy for her own kids*

_vTg_ said...

Wow- they are fantastic. Across Sydney 24 prep families are sitting round saying "uh-oh.... I think we are meant to reciprocate...." ;-)

I love the star cutter as a way to jazz up old cards! Will keep an eye out for similar (in preparation for having to do 48 class cards in three years time...!!!)

Rhi@FlourChild said...

They're fantastic! Maxi-taxi's going to be the most popular kid in class :)... *runs off to add this to my to-do list*

monkeemoomoo said...

I am so impressed, all I could manage this year was a bag of candy canes. Last year I handmade 26 cards - potato stamps, glitter, etc. It was suppose to be a fun craft at activity for us at home, but after 3 cards it was all me.

Bettina said...

Your Christmas crads are lovely and very cheerful!
...Just like your blog!
=)

ejorpin said...

Wow these look fabulous! You have totally put me to shame - I managed to make 5 xmas cards for a swap I'd signed up for, but other than that I have failed on the whole xmas card thing. Again. Next year...

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