Alhamdulillah, received a lovely e-mail from someone who was inspired by the Laylatul Qadr box and who had done it at home too!
She has actually recently started a blog called “Islam From The Start – Creative ideas to help instill the foundation of Islamic values to preschool children”, which has some great ideas!
Check out the blog on http://islamfromthestart.blogspot.co.uk/ 🙂
This year we also decided to leave a little something for our postman!
I don’t know if you remember, but one of the reasons we had kept the Blank Cardzz blank was to make it versatile and easy to use for a range of people. One of the suggestions was to give them out to ‘people that help us’ in our community – to reach out to them too, and appreciate them on this day.
We started doing our rounds yesterday and today Alhamd, we managed to wrap that up! Here we are with our local police officers :). We also passed by our local library, doctor’s surgery and fire station.
P.S. Inshallah next year we will make some cards specifically for this purpose!
We loved receiving and hanging up all the Eid cards 🙂
P.S. We’ve started making our rounds to the ‘people that help’ with our Eid Cardzz and Chocs – Insh will finish tomorrow and tell you more about it then!
This time we took some chocolates (check out these Eid Mubarak ones Guylian has come out with) as I’m all baked out – plus we usually give them baked goods so this was a nice change!
Alhamdulillah came back with having caught up with what they’ve been up to, some more phone numbers, feeling more secure (as one of them said our alarm had gone on a few days ago and he had come to check the place out to make sure it was OK), and a warm, fuzzy feeling too 🙂
P.S. I have been super amazed at your response to the cards – especially those that bought 3, 6 or 9 packs! Would love to hear how it went! Have you done this before? If not, did you enjoy the experience?
Eid Mubarak to all those that are celebrating today! May Allah (swt) accept this month from us Insh.
Do you have any fun traditions for Eid? A few years ago, our family started doing a treasure hunt for the children on Eid day, with the hunt culminating in finding and opening their Eid present from the family. Now it’s a much-awaited event by all of us, young and old :). Each year the clues keep getting more sophisticated – this year we even did some morse codes, QR codes and audio clues!
Family breakfasts, dinners, visiting…would love to hear how you spend your Eid day!
A few years ago, a friend started something that is both a lot of fun, encourages acts of kindness, and recently, finishes off with a healthy dose of charity!
An Islamic version of Secret Santa, in Mystery Mauliani, at the beginning of Ramadan we are given a person’s name and contact information. Thus begins the fun! Throughout the month, we then try and do little acts of kindness for this person, showering them with love :). Ideas include helium balloons on their doorstep, Survival Kits for Laylatul Qadr, baked goods passed on through messengers and much more. At the same time, someone is doing all that to us!
At the end of the month is the famous MM reveal, where we get to find out who our MM was and vice versa. Previously we would give our MM a gift, but now we donate to charity on their behalf. Today is our reveal which is why I thought I’d mention it! These opportunities to give really do get us buzzing – the receiving feels nice of course too ;).
Alhamdulillah there are many other versions of it now, such as Secret Sister (between the volunteers), Nudba Angels (between a group that meets for Nudba regularly), etc. There is also a version of MM for the younger crowd!
Do you have something like this where you are? If not, would you like to try it out next year?
The teachers are also running a Eid gift shop for the children to buy things for their family with their pocket money, and ofcourse there was the emptying, sorting and delivering of the contents of the Eid postbox (with some little helpers)!
In the same vein as the last post (about decorating our houses for Eid!), I thought i’d share our last year’s attempt 🙂
We have a plant in our living room on which we hung home-made stars and a moon (cardboard and foil!), some angels the kids made in class, and other bits of decoration. Next to it is our very amateur attempt at making a mosque with boxes, a balloon and paper mache (and lots of paint and sequins!). It doesn’t look all that but hey, we had fun making it!