A Season for Peace and Kindness
One of the reasons I love this season is because it is full of inspiration for bringing out the best in ourselves. Through these months of colder weather and shorter days, so many cultures and traditions remind us to look inside and share the best of ourselves to make the world a brighter, kinder, more joyful and loving place.
For a few years now in my house, December has meant visits from two elves, Zip and Pip. They come to remind us to be kind and loving in a month that can also be fraught with the ‘gimmes’ and ‘I want, I want!’ On December 1st, a door appears somewhere in the house. My girls have come up with fabulous stories about what the elves do at night and what their life must be like on the North Pole. Storytelling is so wonderful for the imagination!
In the spirit of kindness, I was thrilled to find a new book at the library that was a wonderful way to start the month! It was called Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace. I had never heard of him but Harris J is a young British singer who wrote the song that this book was made from. I’m not usually into pop music, in part because the lyrics don’t usually have much depth. But we loved this song! (I’m pretty sure my kids listened to it on Spotify 25 times and watched the music video on YouTube twice!)
I just want to spread love and peace
And all of my happiness,
To everyone that I meet.
The illustrations by Ward Jenkins are bright and beautiful and the characters are expressive and diverse. My children loved re-reading it and looking at the pictures to see what everyone was doing as the story unfolds.
At the end of the day, my kids had to have their daddy listen to the song as well. And my four-year old said, “I think the man is so happy because he is making everyone else happy!” And that is the whole point!