Following on from the ISDAK Christmas party, I was asked to help out with the Christmas parties at my part time job – Perennial Country Living.
On Sunday it was the party for the adults, who are all students of Nigel Henden (who teaches them English). Most of these students are also my customers at my tearoom chat sessions, so it was a lovely opportunity to talk about our Christmas plans while having some great food.
Since the tearoom isn’t that big, the students were divided into 2 groups, so about 15 people came for the first party (2-4pm) and then about 10 people came for the second party (5-7pm). Omar and I arrived at around 12pm to help set up for the parties.
Fumiyo cooked all these wonderful dishes, from sausage rolls, to christmas cake, accompanied with home made mulled wine! Absolutely delightful!
The following day, on Sunday, it was the Kids Christmas party. All the children also come to the tearoom to learn English from Nigel. Sara, and her mother Yukie, are actually my students who I have been teaching English for the past two months. Every Friday, I meet them at the tearoom and we play lots of games in English, sing songs, and read storybooks.
Unlike the adult party the day before, the kids party was full of games that we had prepared.
It was so much fun – the kids had to dress each other up in Santa outfits, exchange presents, and drink the most delicious hot chocolate topped off with marshmallows!
They children even got to take photos with Santa (aka. Nigel, their English teacher..)
Although the days were long as I had to get up early to help set up/clear up at the end of the day, it was so much fun to be celebrating Christmas with so many people in another country. More celebrations from tomorrow evening, which I will do a blog post on! Hope you’re all excited for Christmas!