Around about this time of year our humans go a bit funny. They start rushing around carrying large pieces of wood and signposts. We hear lots of strange noises going on when we work in the indoor school giving therapy sessions to children with additional needs. Then the boards go up and we understand what’s going on and heave a sigh of relief, it’s just our Christmas grotto arriving.
What goes on behind the boards we can only imagine as we’re not allowed in. Our humans spend a lot of time going in and out, carrying and staring at things, standing deep in discussion. This year we’ve been told our theme is the jungle and we think they’ve lost real beasts in there. We can hear birds, elephants, lions and bizarrely oriental music.
The grotto is built for our addititional needs school children to visit during our Christmas party month of December.
The schools have a party and the children are taken through the grotto to see Santa after their therapy session. The children get very excited about visiting the man in red and they love their presents. We hear their shouts from outside.
We have a very busy day on the 7th December as our Centre holds its annual Christmas Fair to raise funds and our grotto is open to the public. There is always a queue to go through and lots of children wait patiently in line for their turn to see the round jolly man whose name (we’re told) is Santa? Whilst they queue they are entertained by some of our lovely volunteers dressed as little green men! They tell us they’re elves?
The children always look very happy after they’ve seen Santa and we like to see happy children in our Centre. It’s a lot of hard work for our humans but we think it’s worth it.
Our Christmas fair is usually very busy too and we get to meet lots of our supporters.
Hope to see you there this year.