Every year we have our Annual Holiday/Christmas Party here at Gregory Family Child Care and each year it is highlighted by the appearance of Santa and Mrs Claus. As usual, Santa arrives with his bag of gifts and the children were delighted to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. The kids had some interesting requests, especially two of the boys. One year, little Robert said he wanted a “box of paper,”… and Jaden said he wanted a boat so he could “chase ducks”…Hilarious! We have all Teachers on hand for all the action and it’s always just a wonderful time for all!
Matt & Meray Gregory as Santa and His Elf
NOTE: Most recently, in 2019 and again in 2020 we had a brand new Santa and instead of Mrs Claus, Santa brought his Elf. We’d like to offer a special thanks to Santa Clarita realtors, Matt & Meray Gregory of the Gregory Real Estate Group for taking the time to play Santa and his Elf.
The Children Sing to Santa
When Santa and Mrs Claus arrives the children all gather around and sing some songs that include “Jingle Bells,” and everyone’s favorite, “Must Be Santa!” The “Must Be Santa” song is not very well known, but we’ve been singing it here for several years. The children practice their songs in the days leading up to Santa’s visit, so they have them mostly memorized when they perform the songs for Santa. It’s great fun and we noticed that Santa especially seems to enjoy the kids and the songs.
The whole day is really one, big Holiday Party. We have a nice holiday themed lunch and desserts, supplied by each child’s family. Just before lunch, we do our annual gift exchange. It’s so much fun, and one year we did a pajama gift exchange. We drew names and each child gave and received a pair of pajamas for their holiday gift. Also, teacher Mary gaves each child their very own gift. One year if was Scentsy Buddy called, “Baby Patch.” Mary is also a Scentsy Independent Director and sells the Scentsy wickless candle products.
Elf on the Shelf a Holiday Tradition
One of our traditions include our “Elf on the Shelf,” named “Jingle!” He’s a very mischievous little elf and appears hidden in a new spot each day when the children arrive at child care during the holidays. It’s lots of fun for the children to search for and find the hidden elf. As of 2020, we now have multiple elves visiting our home during the holidays
We have some other fun traditions for other special days, such as the Leprecon on Saint Patricks Day.
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We would like to extend warm wishes and happy holidays to all our families and website visitors.