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Oom Piet’s Christmas Party at Durbanville Race Course (2015-12-05) Photo Gallery 07 DEC 2015

Jessica was in for quite a treat at the start of December – Natasha had organised that we join them and the Garrett’s for Oom Piet’s Christmas Party, a Christmas themed charity evening organised by the Durbanville Rotary Club.

IMG_20151205_190150 jessica and emily ready for their trailer ride at oom piet's christmas party at durbanville race course

The evening was held at the Marco Polo Club of the Durbanville Race Course (horses), and of course, kicking off with a trailer ride for the girls was a sure sign that tonight was going to be a heap of fun for the kids!

(Still on crutches following my earlier fall, I skipped the trailer ride, and instead hobbled over to the seating area on my own steam)

IMG_20151205_190549 playing in the hay at oom piet's christmas party at durbanville race course

The seating area was a walled off little section that had been filled with hay and hay bales, fronted by a large ‘castle’ facade that was to be the backdrop for the evening’s show.

Naturally, the kids went berserk in terms of throwing and rolling around in the hay, and before we could blink, Jessica made herself comfortable by latching onto one of the elf helpers!

IMG_20151205_191851 cute emily lotter at oom piet's christmas party at durbanville race course

Emily on the other hand wasn’t quite brave enough to wander off among all the strange kids, so she spent most of the evening between Chantelle and myself instead.

IMG_20151205_193705 singing elves at oom piet's christmas party at durbanville race course

The kids were entertained by a visit to a fire engine, followed by some singing and dancing, drum majorettes, and a host of dressed up characters making appearances.

One or two Christmas carols were also sung, before the big feature for the night kicked in – the visit from Father Christmas!

IMG_20151205_195431 drummies at oom piet's christmas party at durbanville race course

The lights were all turned off, and one by one a ‘fairy’ waved her staff and turned them on again – much to the amazement of the young audience. Then there was the sound of galloping hooves and a stopping sleigh, followed by the sudden appearance of the jolly red man himself – at the top of the castle!

IMG_20151205_210920 jessica with father christmas at oom piet's christmas party at durbanville race course

This was of course the highlight of the kids’ evening, and one by one everyone stood in line to receive their gift from Santa (we had secretly dropped them off on entry), with Jessica seizing her opportunity to launch 101 questions at a rather taken aback Father Christmas! :)

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The night was as you can imagine a great success, the girls had an absolutely brilliant time, which we then did our best to follow up with by getting lost trying to exit and ending up driving around the whole race course on a mission to get out!

Related Link: Oom Piet’s Christmas Party

Getting Ready for Christmas 2014 My Life 22 DEC 2014

A bit better late than never, but at long last the advent calendar has gone up (Jessica loves moving the mouse along to the next pocket as part of her bedroom routine), and the Christmas tree too stands tall (…ish – it’s a pretty tiny tree).

getting ready for christmas 2014 - 03 - advent calendar

This year I let Jessica decorate the tree which she was immensely excited about, though she had to do it from the safety of the tub chair because of course Emily was more than just a little curious as to what was going on. (Needless to say, once Jessica was down for the night, some quick rearranging meant that the tree could now stand straight, the balls and tinsel a little more uniformly spread!)

getting ready for christmas 2014 - 01 - jessica lotter

Jessica is now of the age where she enjoys receiving and tearing open presents, meaning that I’m quite looking forward to the evening of the 24th, when the Lötter family traditionally opens the presents. As it is, my folks will be joining us and it should be a fun evening, especially with the whole feed Santa, look for him out back, return to find presents under the tree routine I have worked out for Jess! (Plus, the loads of My Little Pony toys that Chantelle and I got her should help as well)

(For the record, last year the presents reveal plan backfired a little when Jess broke down in tears after discovering that Santa Claus had drunk all the cooldrink and eaten the biscuits off her plate that she had put down at the back of the house for him. The concept of sharing/giving hadn’t quite taken hold with her yet!)

Anyway, as for Christmas lunch, this year we’ll unfortunately skip Christmas lunch with my sister and the rest of my family in favour of spending lunch with the Montgomery clan, which will include Gail and Peter Holmes on the guest list – in other words it should be a blast! I’m already licking my lips at the thought of all the foods that will be on the table, not to mention the dessert that Chantelle will be whipping up!

So yeah, Christmas 2014 is now almost in full swing! :)

getting ready for christmas 2014 - 02 - jessica decorating the tree