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So, yesterday was the big day!
The day the twins met the Kindness Elves!
I’ve been waiting for this ever since I decided to introduce the Kindness Elves as our new Christmas tradition. I was a bit worried that the twins would be too young to really understand, and maybe they are. I know that we’ll be able to do much more with the Kindness Elves as the twins get older, but I still think now is the perfect time to introduce them.
Jack and Alice are just starting to understand the idea of being kind. They know they need to be kind to each other and the next step is learning about being kind to others. Plus, it’s never too early to introduce a little bit of magic into their lives.
We started by reading The Story of the Kindness Elves
For the last few days of November, I read the book to the twins and talked about the Kindness Elves and how lovely they are and how nice it would be to meet them. The twins struggled to pay attention to the whole story. It’s a lovely story, but it has a lot more words than your average “lift the flap” book, which is what my 2 year olds are obviously used to. But I loved the story and the twins loved the pictures. By November 30th, they recognised the elves and Jack was asking me to read the book to him every 20 minutes, which was the kind of excitement I was aiming for.
Alice was a little bit more wary of the elves, but she’s wary of everyone, so I wasn’t surprised.
Flora and Sage arrived on December 1st
And they weren’t alone! They brought friends with them! Sparkle and Pop decided to come along (because I couldn’t resist…) and they brought their two adorable babies with them! So now we have a whole family of Kindness Elves.
And they brought the twins’ advent calendars with them, too. Which the twins thought was really kind, so we were off to a good start!
Alice really wasn’t sure about the Elves coming to stay with us, but I’m sure she’ll warm up to them in time. Jack was much more interested.
The first act of kindness?
Obviously, introducing the twins to the Kindness Elves was just the first part. The more important part was seeing how they reacted to the acts of kindness part. We had quite a busy day planned for yesterday, so I didn’t want to put too much pressure on. I decided to just go with the introduction card from the Activities Pack and told the twins that the Elves had come to stay with us so that they could help us be kind and that they’d brought the very special advent calendars with them to thank us for looking after them. They seemed to understand, but were mostly interested in the chocolate buttons I put in their advent calendars.
Since Alice didn’t actually cry when she saw the Elves, I’m taking it as a win. I can’t wait to spend the next few weeks having fun with our new Elf friends!