[content_protector password=”fern16″]Yesterday was December 1st. Traditionally, it’s the first day of Advent and, if you’ve got one, the day when you open the first door of your Advent calendar.

Kiwi Kids News brings you a slightly different Christmas countdown. There are no chocolates behind these numbers, but there are suggestions for what you could do – as it’s the season of kindness, awareness and peace – in the run-up to Christmas Day:

2nd Think about what Advent means
3rd Leave an expected gift for a friend
4th Start a game in the playground for others to join in with
5th Turn off all the lights when you leave a room
6th Cook a meal at home for your family
7th Go sugar-free for a day
8th Tidy up for someone else
9th Read the news
10th Leave an unexpected gift for someone in your class.
11th Plant some seeds to grow your own vegetables
12th Write Christmas cards or share seasonal wishes with your classmates
13th Share your lunch with friends
14th Walk, bike or bus rather than drive to school
15th Visit a museum or gallery where you live
16th Keep an eye on how much water you use
17th Write a handwritten letter to your grandparents or aunties and uncles
18th Take time to play or talk with someone you wouldn’t normally
19th Make homemade Christmas presents for your family
20th Go through your stuff and see if you can give to those in need
21st Have a device-free day
22nd Have you made sensible Christmas shopping decisions?
23rd Cook or bake something yummy!
24th Spend time with your family

Wishing you all a great time with your family and friends these holidays!
[colored_box color=”green”]This is an opinion-based article designed to provoke debate, discussion and further inquiry amongst your students:  [/colored_box]  [colored_box color=”yellow”]Critical Thinking Challenges:

1. Why is Christmas associated with peace and kindness?

2. It seems that the excitement for Christmas starts very early. Is this really necessary?

3. We’re always being told how we can make the world a better place. Do enough people listen? If not, why not?

[/colored_box] [colored_box color=”green”]Practical Tasks:

1. There are a number of Christmas traditions: some are traditional in different countries and some that are maybe unique to your families. Some families perhaps don’t celebrate Christmas. Spend some time sharing with your friends and classmates about what a ‘typical’ Christmas or Christmas Day looks like for you and your family.

2. Write or make your alternative Advent countdown. What would you put behind each door?

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