Christmas drawings that warm

The children's drawings spread the Christmas spirit. Gävle municipality has taken the initiative to spread joy and warmth across generational boundaries in the municipality's operations. In November, the children at several preschools, which are adjacent to nursing homes, received a letter from the Gävle Goat. On the postcard there was a wish for warm drawings that could spread the Christmas spirit in nursing homes.

That Gävle Goat was attacked is both sad and terrible. But we are happy that the goat managed to contribute to spreading joy. Through this initiative, children within the municipality were able to join in and add a golden edge to the Christmas celebrations at our accommodation, says the Gävle Goat's spokesperson Rebecca Steiner. The initiative to draw drawings that would then bring joy to others was received with open arms by the preschools.

Children's desire to create, paint and draw is a large part of the development of aesthetic abilities. The children really enjoyed helping the Gävle Goat and there were many nice conversations about it and about Christmas, says AnnaCarin Fasting, studio artist at Sätragården's preschool. During week 50, the children's drawings were delivered to all nursing homes, both municipal and private.

The residents were delighted by the fine drawings. This in turn led to me getting a suggestion that we should sign during our Christmas activity on Friday. It's great how you can inspire each other across generational boundaries, says Maria Rask, culture coordinator at Forellplan's nursing and care homes.

The initiative has been a collaboration between different sectors within Gävle municipality. In the film, you can see how the children at the Sätragården preschool draw pictures, and how some of the customers at Forellplan react when they get to see the pictures.