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Christmas wish tree: Music helps to create a sense of unity in a family

Pre-schoolers of Männimaja, the children's and family centre in Elva, are mainly wishing for musical instruments from Santa. Foster parent Kristel explains that music helps to create a cosy atmosphere for joint activities and reinforces the sense of unity.

Christmas in the Männimaja family is like in every other home: the room is decorated, there is a pleasant Christmas spirit in the air, and everybody is waiting for Santa Claus. At first the younger kids are shy to perform, but the joy of receiving a gift is huge.

This year the children wish to receive musical instruments. Foster parent Kristel sees that Taimo, 6, is ready to start learning accordion. At home, he is often hard to notice and tries to be the best child in the world - he wants to do everything well. In this way, he has developed very rapidly in the last year and quietly acquired various skills.

"He is also very cheerful and sensitive. He will never become a village musician, but I know that for children who are introverts, a musical instrument is their best friend. "The foster parent also plays the accordion herself, so the lessons would be a great learning process and give Taimo valuable time with her mother. When there are so many children in the family, time spent with the mother is invaluable.

Heiki who is the same age, is on the contrary, very energetic, fearless and active – a child who does not stay still in the bottle. At the same time he loves music and singing very much. Since Heiki is asthmatic, he spends a lot of time at home from autumn to spring, at a time when other children in the kindergarten sing and dance. So a wooden xylophone would be a nice change for him.

The fact that all the other children also like music is shown by the popularity of the karaoke machine. "We are all singing in the evenings, we have our special songs. Making music is something that everyone can do together. This is why there are so many musical instruments on Santa’s wish list: drums to one, a small piano to another, etc."

When Kristel sings songs for children in the evening, children are humming along in every room. "We will not be a folk music ensemble, but music connects us. This is the idea of joint activities. "The family places the biggest value on friendship and seeks to find out what people’s interests are. To do this, you have to test things and see what's right. "From our part, we can give these children a lot of emotions and joint memories to take along in their life, so that they feel that we're one big family."

The greatest Christmas wish of the children of the Männimaja family is a visit to the Rakvere Aqva Spa and a joint visit to the Rakvere Theatre performance "Pippi in Christmas time". The children happily recall the joint activities for a long time.

We can only give a child the best gift if we appreciate his/her wishes and understand the actual needs behind them. A Christmas gift that brings joy and helps in developing oneself is the best – it sparks the drive for discovery, challenges one’s knowledge, or teaches a new skill. We can only give a child the best gift if we appreciate his/her wishes and understand the actual needs behind them.

Receiving gifts on Christmas Eve was the highlight of the year for many children, but life goes on 12 months a year and dreams don’t end with Christmas. Why not give a gift to these children every month and support their hobbies as a permanent donor? The support of a permanent donor is invaluable because children growing up in family and foster homes want to practice activities and have hobbies all year round, just like children growing up with their parents. As a permanent donor, you can give them certainty that they will be able to practice their favourite activities now and always.

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