‘Father Christmas, Father Christmas,
He got stuck, he got stuck,
Down the chimney, down the chimney,
What bad luck, what bad luck!’
Luckily for our Father Christmas, Silvia and I were on hand to save the day! I am very happy to report that we were able to safely extract him from his brick prison. I can’t quite say that we managed the same for the poor old chimney – sorry, Silva.
Our preparations for our special guest started a few weeks ago. We practised some of his known favourites (Jingle Bells, Incey Wincy Spider and Wheels on the Bus to name a few) until we were so perfect that not even Simon Cowell would not have a single bad word to say. We dusted off our trusty Christmas tree, spent a few too many hours detangling our tinsel, and got on our hands and knees to search high and low for any straying baubles. Our efforts paid off, the library – lending and children’s, soon glittered and sparkled with a little festive joy.
We capped off our festive preparation with a very special Advent Calendar in the junior library. Twenty-five sleeps to Christmas, is really just Twenty-five reads to Christmas in disguise. Behind each window, a new book suggestion awaits and we made sure to include an interesting mix of classic and new titles.
I almost forgot – we also installed a very special post box. Children (and adults) are invited to write a letter to Father Christmas. I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but I can confess that I have definitely overheard some very interesting letters that will surely put a smile on Santa’s face. The last posting date is the 19th December, remember to get them in before then otherwise you may not receive a reply!
It is not every day that a BRT session is hosted by Santa Claus, and maybe that’s part of the reason why everyone was so enthusiastic and really, really bouncy! It seems that our practices worked; they were loud, perfectly in tune, and most surprisingly – absolutely perfect throughout ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ – a first for us! Although there haven’t been any confirmed reports, I’m pretty certain that some parts of Australia were able to hear our renditions of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and ‘Jingle Bells’. Lucky them!
My personal highlight had to be teaching Santa the second verse to ‘A Big Red Bus’. Not everyone can say that they’ve taught Father Christmas something new, and they were brilliant teachers. Being the expert he is, it only took a few seconds before he had the words and the actions mastered. I was reminded of the time I first introduced the song to our BRT sessions and had mostly blank looks starring back at me and look at them now, teaching it to Father Christmas! I still feel proud!
I would like to thank Adrian for all his help, it would not have been possible without you.
Baby Rhyme Time will be back on Monday 4 January, 10.45 – 11.15AM. We look forward to seeing you there!
And from everyone here at North Kensington Library, Season Greetings and a very Happy New Year.
by Leanne Bellot,
Customer Service Assistant, North Kensington Library