By Robyn Rexin
The Vavenby Christian Church held its annual Christmas in the Village on Dec. 16 to a full house.
The church rang to the singing of the well known carols O Come All Ye Faithful and Joy to the World and then there was the lighting of the Advent candle. The children got up next and, holding mics, leading everyone in the singing of Away in a Manger.
There was a buffet to end the event and a whole table was needed just for desserts. If you didn’t come this year make plans to attend in 2019. The music, food, children, socializing, and the Christmas thoughts help to get one into the spirit of the season.
The last Strong Start class for 2018 was on Dec. 18. There is a lot of sickness going around in Vavenby so only five children were present. They started the day by making snowmen out of play dough, buttons, beads, and sticks. One of the children loved his so much he wanted to take it home.
Next they were given a foam bell and made a tree ornament out of it. They applied foam stickers in the shapes of reindeer, snowmen, penguins, candy cane hearts, and sparkly stars. The bells were very creative.
Snack time was next. The parents brought a potluck of chicken strips and dip, muffins, rice krispie squares, and broccoli salad. The children were hungry and ate all of the food.
Usually the morning would end by going to the gym to play, but it was being decorated for the concert the next night. Before leaving the children’s clay tree ornaments that they had been making since October were handed out and everyone got a cookie.
Strong Start will begin again on Jan. 7 at 9 a.m.
The elementary students put on their Christmas concert on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. There was a large audience including principal Mrs. L. Bradstock and a member from the school board. There were tables laid out in the gym with paper tablecloths that each student had made attractive by drawing winter pictures on and signed.
There were cans with burning candles in them as centerpieces. The children had decorated the gym with strings of paper snowflakes, two small trees, a snowman, etc. It all looked very festive.
As everyone was coming into the room and finding a seat there was a video being played of the students’ adventures so far. Then there was one showing each individual child saying, “I wish you a Merry Christmas,” and adding something to it.
The class filed onto the stage next, a couple of them holding imitation instruments. Teacher Mr. Adam Forsyth got up and thanked everyone for coming. He also explained the set – up of the class. Then the children sang Rock and Roll in the North Pole, Frosty the Snowman, and I’m Gettin’ Nothin’ for Christmas.
The last song had been rewritten so that each child had a line of what they did to a fellow student. It was very funny. All the songs were sung nice and loud, and lively.
When the class got down off the stage and sat with their parents Grade 4 student Moira Chrystall got back up with Kindergarten child Esme Cameron. They danced together to Jingle Bell Rock.
Parent Advisory Committee ( PAC ) member Kerry Klingbeil then gave thanks to Forsyth and teacher assistant Ms. Jensen and presented them with gifts. The dinner followed, but to earn it the guests had to join in a carol sing.
The PAC provided the ham and turkey to eat. Everything else was brought by the visitors. The Grade 4 students baked brownies and the Grade 2 and 3 children baked banana bread for the supper. Both were Gluten free.
There was lots of food, which was good because all the tables were full.
The last day for Vavenby’s playgroup for 2018 was Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. There was lots of free time for the children to learn how to share, not something that is easy for them.
After snack time the children decorated gingerbread men cookies with icing, little marshmallows, and candies. They ate some of the cookies after and a lot of the spare decorations.
End of the morning playtime was held in the classroom as the elementary students were cleaning the gym. The children and their parents sang some Christmas songs while the young ones shook bells.
Playgroup will start in the new year on Jan. 10, 2019.
It was Pajama Day for the elementary students on Dec. 20. They had also been told by Forsyth to come with their best “bed heads.”
That day they also cleaned the gym of the concert decorations. When done they were told to get their cigar boxes, finish decorating them, and put all of their handmade ornaments in it. These boxes will be given to someone as a present.
Best wishes to all for a safe and healthy 2019.