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Education Wing - National Christmas Celebration 2013: A Very Enjoyable Christmas Celebration!

The National Christmas Celebrations were held at Cheltenham Ladies College. We left early in the morning by coach from outside our Sai Centre in Leicester. I felt very excited and happy! We arrived at the college around 9:00a.m.

On arrival we were offered drinks and biscuits. My mum showed me round the big hall and took me to a changing room to dress up as an angel. Once we got changed we were taken to the side of the main stage where we were given Christingles to hold in our hands in readiness for the Christmas procession. For the procession we walked down the middle isle of the big hall holding our Christingles, I felt a little nervous! After the procession we went back to the side of the stage where we were called out in groups to collect a piece of cloth to place on the manger which was on the stage. Once we had placed our cloth on the manger we sat in the back and joined the carol singing which I enjoyed. My favourite carol was ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High.’

We had a delicious Christmas lunch, after which a Gospel choir from Leicester sang carols. Then the Blues singer Dana Gillespie gave a short talk and sang some of her songs. Next we watched the children acting the Nativity. Then came what we had all been waiting for-Santa! He gave us all presents. This was my favourite part, it was very exciting! The programme then came to an end and we took the coach back to Leicester. It was a long day but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Achinthya Shah
Age 9
SSE Student
Region 4