Christmas Tea party and craft workshop

Take 30 children, a bunch of teenagers and adults, 3 mystery story-tents, vast quantities of cotton wool, cardboard, socks, dough, glass paint, matchboxes, tissue paper and glue, add a jelly baby or 30, shake it about with some lively games and a healthy appetite for reams of sandwiches and cakes, finish it off with ‘Away in a Manger’, and some home-made crackers, and what have you got? A very lively and practical revisiting of the story of the first Christmas, complete with angels, animals, stables and a great deal of hay to accompany Mary, Joseph and the baby.

Weston-on-the-Green Village Hall resounded with much cheery noise for the latest in our series of workshops for children from all the parishes of the benefice. As each child went home with their balloon, a load of crafts they had made, a puzzle book about the meaning of Christmas, a present and an invitation, it looked as though the recipe had worked and that the result was happy parents – a 3 ½ hours occupation for their children on the first day of the school holidays – happy children, and an exhausted but satisfied team!

Happy Christmas everyone!