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Christmas wish tree: Family Christmas wishes: a dream of a joint trip or something useful for the household

Different families have very different Christmas wishes, depending on the members of the family and their actual needs. A family’s computers may require updating, a piece of furniture in everyday use may need replacing or the family has instead decided on spending time together, for example, in the form of a trip to a spa for the entire family.

There is a family with four children living in the Tilsi family home, and all of the children are big dreamers and explorers of the world around them. Sometimes, the children talk about travelling outside of Estonia. They have agreed that they will set aside their dream of travelling to Australia for the present time and will start with a destination closer to home. They have already been on a reconnaissance expedition. The children in this family are avid readers and fans of the books written by author Astrid Lindgren. Through her books they have become familiar with Sweden and would very much like to take a trip there. ‘Sweden is Pipi’s homeland, and it is also my favourite book. Furthermore, I am also like Pipi: with freckles and red hair. I don’t know much about Sweden right now, but if I were to go there I would know much more’ says one of the children. The entire family has already contributed to the trip: together they have put aside earnings from Raiko’s summer service; a portion of Priit’s prize money, which he received for his excellent performance in school; the money left over from Tiiu’s dance camp, and a portion of Kristiina’s pocket money that she put aside. If Santa also helped out a bit, their dream of travelling to Sweden could be fulfilled.

A large family living in Haapsalu has also decided to ask Santa for help in establishing a fun family tradition. Namely, all of the family’s children are ‘water lovers’ and love to play in the water. It would be fun to visit the Pärnu water park and spend time there together. And if things go well, then the trip to the neighbouring city could become an annual winter tradition.

Practical gift

A wish of another family in Haapsalu is very practical: only boys are growing up in the family, who are great hikers and hunter-gatherers. In autumn, the boys from the family can be found in the woods collecting mushrooms or cowberries, or blueberries in summer. Even fishing ranks among their favourite activities. Everything valuable that is brought home from nature requires storage, and the best thing to do would be to stick it in a freezer. Which is why a large freezer would be quite useful.

The wish of the family living in Rakvere is to receive a meat grinder and food processor from Santa – once again, this is a very practical wish, behind which there is an actual need. The family is raising teenage girls, who are learning skills each day for their soon-to-begin independent life. The family has a yard and a greenhouse, where they grow their own vegetables – everything that is personally grown and prepared is healthier. This is why the autumn period is filled with the preparation of a large quantity of preserves – various salads and soup bases are placed in jars. This work requires a large quantity of vegetables to be processed and grated, although the joy of working tends to disappear when everything is done by hand. A food processor would change things considerably and a meat grinder would also be of great help, allowing for meat products to be prepared in the future. At the same time, the girls are learning to handle various kitchen appliances and are acquiring the skills of a hostess.

More playtime together please!

There can never by too much playing together. Board games, in which there can be a large number of participants, offer an excellent opportunity for doing so. Children from a family home in Ida-Viru County wrote to Santa and told him that their favourite game is Monopoly. The game is so popular that it is played almost every night. Unfortunately, this has only been possible when a child from a neighbouring family comes over to play and brings the game with them. Another of the children’s favourites is Cashflow. These games are, in addition to a wonderful way to spend time, very practical and educational, since they teach calculation, decision making and economic thinking. Actually, a large number of the family’s board games could do with replacing, since the old classics of Around the World and Circus, have been played until they are in tatters.

Toys for children with special needs

There are a number of children with severe and profound disabilities living with families in Pärnu. They require specific technical aids to help with their mental and physical development. The family home has a fun sensory room to help with this, in which various activities take place with the children. A playground for special needs children has also been built in the yard. For example, there is a sandbox where a child in a wheelchair can also play. Playing on swings is a favourite activity of nearly all children, but the family doesn’t have any swings yet that are specifically for special needs children. The swing is a special piece of equipment, on which it is safe and secure for a child to swing, as the seat of the swing is supported and the child can be attached to the swing via a safety belt. Santa could help by contributing to the acquisition of such a wonderful swing. In this way, the family could spend more time outdoors with the children and make the time spent outdoors more meaningful.

The best Christmas gift is one that brings joy and helps one to develop, providing a spark in the drive for discovery, challenging one’s knowledge, or teaching a new skill. The best gift we can give a child is if we take into consideration their wishes and understand the actual needs behind these wishes.

Sharing gifts on Christmas Eve is the highlight of the year for many children, but life goes on for 12 months of the year and dreams don’t end with Christmas. Why not give a gift to these children each month by becoming a permanent supporter of their hobbies? The support of a permanent donor is invaluable because children growing up in family homes want to take part in training and be engaged in hobbies all year round, just like the children who are growing up with their parents. As a permanent donor, you can give them a feeling of certainty, that they will be able to take part in their favourite activities now and in the future!
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