Santa’s Workshop

The girls and I spent this morning with our neighbours at the country club. Each year the club hosts a Santa’s workshop, where the children can take part in Christmas activities and meet Santa. It was lots of fun and the girls loved the opportunity to get all dressed up and meet some new friends.

Very festive doormen.
Very festive doormen.
Making a Christmas necklace.
Making a Christmas necklace.
Edie very pleased with her efforts.
Edie very pleased with her efforts.
Next they made some Christmas tree ornaments.
Next they made some Christmas tree ornaments.
Olive's ornament.
Olive’s ornament.
We've seen a lot of pretty trees over the past couple of weeks.
We’ve seen a lot of pretty trees over the past couple of weeks.
Hard at work making more ornaments.
Hard at work making more ornaments.
The big red fella popped in to see how everyone was doing - ho ho ho.
The big red fella popped in to see how everyone was doing – ho ho ho.
Olive the other reindeer!
Olive the other reindeer!
Edie the snow princess.
Edie the snow princess.

The festivities continue tomorrow afternoon with our neighbourhood Christmas Carolling party. The girls went out on Friday afternoon with their good friend M and did a wee bit of practise. Fortunately they struck some very patient households as they song they used to practise with was The Twelve Days of Christmas – every verse!

Better go and warm up my vocal cords! Take care everyone. Sending you all our love.

9 Replies to “Santa’s Workshop”

  1. Where did the girls get their Party Frocks, they look absolutely gorgeous, loved the face painting and how about the tree with Grannie’s favourite colour around it. Its very very hot today and I have just finished putting up the old CHRISTMAS tree, and girls your little ornaments and your initial names on the tree alongside your cousins. Guess what we had a real shaker of a Quake the other day, whole house moved from side to side lasted for about 40 to 50 seconds !! Doesn;t seem a year ago you were here on the Vineyard.
    Love Grannie

    1. Hi Mum. Dresses came from that US institution JC Penney. Having a fancy Christmas dress seems to be the thing to do around here. Of course my two wanted the ones with the most sequins! Thought you would like the purple tree – we have seen some amazingly decorated and incredibly large ones around the town. It’s exactly a year ago today that we started our big trek home to NZ for Christmas. Time sure flies πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, Christine! What a coincidence! My class will also be singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and they love it. I was amazed how fast they learned it. I don’t have the link in the iMac. I will send it later. The girls must have had a lot of fun doing the A&C and then sharing with Santa. Both looked beautiful with their festive dresses πŸ™‚ I am sorry to read there was an earthquake in New Zealand, but I am glad to see that your mum is okay.

    1. Hi Mrs Olga. Would love to see your class singing the 12 Days of Christmas. The girls and I often look at the Da Vinci photo gallery on the web so we have been keeping up with all the activities. Looks like you had another successful REACH week and the girls loved all the Halloween pics. Will be keeping our eyes out for Christmas show photos πŸ™‚

  3. This was the YouTube video that the children loved the most. Okay, the geese are not laying eggs and the pipers are using trumpets. The slow pace of the song helped them as well. There were other videos that were faster than this one. We also use simple mimics, one per scene, which help them remember. We wanted it to keep it a secret from their parents, but that has not been a complete success…ha-ha. I hope one of them tapes it. πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for the face-painting ideas πŸ™‚ I’ll be using them! Have fun preparing for Christmas and if I don’t get to post here again before 2013. Merry Christmas and Happy 2013 Croadies! May all your wishes come true!

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