The Christmas Fairy

Have you ever wondered how Santa and Krumpus gather names for their naughty and nice list? They use fairies of course!

The Christmas Fairy is the fairy in charge. She makes sure that all the children has a fairy who is monitoring their behaviour. The fairy who has you will usually have about 5 other children in your neighbourhood that they keep an eye on.

The fairies watch you as you play with your friends and when you spend time with your family. They know if you have been hitting your little sister or if you have lied to your parents and got your brother in trouble. They know if you haven’t been sharing with your friends or excluding someone from your play. When they notice that you are doing a lot of these things they pass your name on to Krumpus!

Krumpus is a terrible old grinch of a character. He will put coal in your stockings, even though nobody should be using coal because it isn’t a renewable energy source! He makes a huge mess when eating the cookies and he prefers rum to milk so will spill the milk all over the living room! As for presents he will leave none!

If the fairy who is watching you notices that you are offering to help look after your little brother, or that you are listening to your older sister when she is watching out for you they will suggest that your name goes on the list for Santa. They might observe you inviting the new, shy child to join your game. Or perhaps they have seen you tidy your toys away when you have finished playing with them. All these will help you get reported to Santa.

Santa will visit you on Christmas Eve while you are asleep. He won’t leave a mess while eating any treats you may leave him. Although Mrs Claws ask that some of you leave him some fruit instead! Santa will leave some yum and interesting treats in your stockings and the Christmas Fairy works with his elves to help him deliver the gifts the children want or need.

So next time you have to decide if you are going to be naughty or nice, check to see if your fairy is around!

– Mary


Reading to Druid littlies – kids’ books that inspire spirituality

Since starting our family, or even before that – when we considered the idea of bringing children up in a spiritual tradition – we’ve been on the look out for books that inspire kids’ spirituality in different ways. There are those that are written for parents, like Starhawk’s Circle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Traditionsand there are those written for the children themselves. The examples of these that we’ve read and enjoyed fall into several categories.

  • The overt reproduction of myths/magical stories

Moon Goddess Dance, written by Sally Seitz, illustrated by Joshua Allen.

This story takes most of the storyline of the Taliesin myth, especially using the transformations of Gwion and Ceridwyn through all the paired animals. It’s simple and sweet, with an emphasis on magic, but in my opinion it feels a bit shallow and is not very satisfying to read as an adult.


  • Books that teach about spirituality

On My Way to a Happy Life, written by Deepak Chopra and Kristina Tracy, illustrated by Rosemary Woods

Deepak Chopra must be known to most spiritual seekers, if only by name. This beautiful book is a firm favourite in our house, with its whimsical illustrations and flowing text. It steps through seven simple lessons for a happy life that stem from Buddhism but resonate strongly with Druid beliefs. The messages are easy enough to understand for children and also are a wonderful reminder to adults to slow down and take time to appreciate things as well.


  • Books that cultivate a reverence for the seasons/sacred spaces/land

Out and About, written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes writes classic kids’ books that focus on kids’ experiences of the world, and though some of her series are a little dated in terms of family dynamics and gender roles (Lucy and Tom, for example), this book of poems is timeless. The verse is rich and satisfying, exploring each season in turn, and the illustrations are beautifully detailed. We read this book a lot in our house, and we have definite favourite pages – the double spread for spring gets lots of attention, and the autumn poem (Fire is a dragon alive in the night…) is chanted with great gusto!



  • Blessings and lullabies

Kissed by the Moon, written and illustrated by Alison Lester

Alison Lester is an Australian author who draws on her experiences of a farming childhood for many of her books. While her picture books often focus on animals, this one is quite differently phrased – a series of what are very clearly blessings (May you, my baby…) expressing the wish that this child will grow up with a reverence for nature. The title comes from the final blessing – and may you, my baby, be kissed by the moon – giving the feel of a lullaby. This book is deeply satisfying to read, being both simple and heartfelt, and I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

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Happy reading!

– Steph