Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas Program 2018

After weeks of practising our play "Oli the Giraffe's First Christmas", it was time to put on our program and give out Operation Christmas Child packages:
We had two wonderful presenters, Marija and Lena. They started us off with a "floss" dance-competition, to see who can be quicker, them or the audience (and usually it was them!)
Bojana is our wonderful narrator:
Bojan was our Giraffe, and David and Anastasija, Mom and Dad who explain more about Christmas when Oli spots the Nativity Scene and asks about it:
Snjezana was the "littel girl" who found Oli on the street and brings him home to warm up, as he is so very cold, poor thing. And then the last character was Milica the trainer who comes to find Oli to take him back to the circus...
 After the play it was time for us to sing a couple of carols.
One of the songs is super cute and got everyone singing "Bozic je!" (It's Christmas!):

And then it is time for what everyone came for... the shoebox packages:
So many smiling faces... over 500 of them by the end of the weekend!

And Oli became famous: many the kids wanted to have their pictures taken with him!

None of this would have been possible without our wonderful children/teen volunteers. They did an amazing job, and I am so proud of all of them! This is the 5th year I have done this with them, and each year they get better and better!! 
Finally, here is a video of the actual play so you can see what it is all about. I borrowed a Giraffe suit and was given a Nativity Scene, I knew who the actors would be, so the script kind of wrote itself (with God's help!). I hope you enjoy it! I have put in English subtitles (click on CC to see them) and you might even learn some Serbian Orthodox Christmas Traditions and their origins!

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