Christmas is always a busy time at The Treehouse, and 2017 was no exception!
We enjoyed another fantastic Christmas with families at Kesgrave Community Centre, with a new start time of 11.30am so everyone had plenty of room for all the lovely party food!! With lots going on including glitter tattoos, balloon modelling and a disco it was a real recipe for fun.
Towards the end, we were lucky enough to have a special visitor, any guesses as to who??
That’s right, Father Christmas himself managed to find time in his very busy schedule to pay us a flying visit and joined in the fun and games before heading back to his workshop.
A lovely time was had by all and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!
Our grotto event returned for a second year and such a special day helped to spread the winter wonderland magic throughout The Treehouse.
With cake and mulled wine to keep us warm there was lots to do while families took their turns seeing that special someone. Whether decorating a gingerbread reindeer or writing a letter to the big man himself there was plenty going on.
The children walked through a garden come alive with decorations and music on their way to see Santa in his grotto, where the children received presents and families posed for a photo. Wonderful memories were made by all.
Ipswich Town visit
A huge thank you to the players and staff from Ipswich Town Football Club who made their annual visit to The Treehouse to help make some special memories for our children and families.
We got the player’s competitive spirits going by having them make a Christmas decoration, with the children judging which was best.
To recover from the stress of being judged we provided cake to settle their nerves - we just hope that it didn’t effect results over Christmas!
For the second year, we were visited by the lovely London based charity Xmas4kids. This traveling troupe of west end performers put on a performance of Benson’s Christmas Letter, an original production of their own. With an open invitation to all our families those who attended were treated to a lively interactive show full of songs and laughter, including Activities Assistant Dan’s star turn as a snowman! We look forward to welcoming them back next Christmas (snowman not included!)
Carols by Candlelight
On the Thursday evening before Christmas, we held our annual Carols by Candlelight event. This is a very relaxed and informal evening held in the hospice care area. The space is lit with lots of twinkling tealights and has a really special and sparkling atmosphere. We welcomed families to come and enjoy light refreshments and some warming non-alcoholic mulled wine, and then to sit together, sing some carols and listen to some poems and readings. It was a lovely evening, giving an opportunity for families to escape the hectic build-up to Christmas and take a moment to relax and reflect, and hopefully everyone left feeling ready for the big day!
Carol Service at St Augustine's
The other Carol Service that is organised by The Treehouse team with our friends at St Augustine’s Church, was held on the Monday before Christmas. This was a public event, and as always proved to be very popular amongst families and our neighbours in the local area. The service was full of beautiful music sung by performers, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to enjoy having a big Christmas carol sing! During the service, children and young people who receive care from The Treehouse had the opportunity to take part in nativities, Christmas stories and other performances.
The service has become well known for having a real donkey called Orlando taking part, and it is impossible to leave it without feeling really Christmassy!