Christmas was celebrated on the 25th of December, where children had an opportunity to be together, understand what Christmas means and spend moments of joy with each other. The programme was organised at yercaud at the Salesian convent.
After dinner on 25th Dec, children got together and sang few songs and cake was also cut. To elate the Christmas mood, Santa Claus distributed the sweet muffins to children .The excitement prolonged till 3am the next day for few, who had the opportunity of being together for the first time.
Dec 26th morning started with prayer children had opportunities to visit the nativity scene set-up by the sisters of the convent and also a walk around the campus. It was more of an exploratory walk, as almost all had not ventured out of Namakkal district. Children were amazed seeing fresh pepper creepers, coffee plants, fig trees. Children even had opportunities to have fresh oranges which were in the campus of the convent. Thanks to sisters who were generous to offer their orange trees to be shaken and fruits to be tasted by children.
Then after a delicious breakfast (poories and subjii), children were all set for a trip around yercaud.The children visited the ladies seat, children’s park, boating and the rose park.
Out of the birds and animals seen by children, peacocks and deers were the most extraordinary beings, as it has been the first time they have seen them outside the pictures. Monkeys of yercaud entertained the children during the entire trip.
Later sharing was done by children of their experience of Christmas this year. To capture the feelings of the children, few expressions are presented as it was expressed by them:
There were many such expressions and two children who came an confided separately was one thing that moved us so much, these two children are girls, living with HIV and orphans and looked after by old grandparents, who shared;
“This Christmas will be a time that will be cherished in my heart always”
“It’s my first experience to celebrate Christmas”
“I felt this Christmas was filled with lot of joy of just few of us coming together and becoming closer to one another”
“I want the joy of birth of Jesus and this feeling of Christmas remain in our lives everyday”
“Everything was beautiful” was an expression by a six year old child-orphan child brought up by her brother and grandparents who are very old
“The songs we sung made me feel really good, the words sung comforted me so much”
“It would have been good if it was for two more days, as we don’t know whether we would have an opportunity like this next time”
For us as organizers it was exciting and emotional too, as we have had many Christmas and this has been our first Christmas outside our family. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children who meet with day to day realities of pain, fear, hardships due to their status has been first Christmas with a difference even for us.
We thank for their generous support for the trip;
- Victor Anna and family
- Sankey and Family
- Iniyan and Family
- Lisa Malaiyarasan
- John Prince
- Richie Mathews
- Thiru Ruban