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Uncle Paul’s Christmas Party??!!

My greatest Christmas memories growing up are of attending Uncle Paul’s or Uncle Willie’s Christmas party each year as a small child. It was such a fun filled, over exciting event that we’d invariably pass out in the car on the way home. Each year we attended, my brother and my two cousins and I. Each year was exactly the same and the best fun ever. Our parents would drive us there, we’d pull into the car park with hundreds of other kiddies and there in the center of the car park was a giant hay cart pulled by a tractor. All the kids would clamber onto this hay cart and the fun would begin! We’d be driven around the farm and eventually land up in a big open field with hay bales stacked in a giant semi circle around a huge fairy castle. There was straw everywhere. Our parents would try and behave themselves and sit on the hay bales while the kids went wild having hay fights, I remember always being super itchy at the end of the evening from all the hay that was shoved down my t-shirt. We’d eat Ice Cream sandwiches and there’d be clowns, and Noddie and Big Ears and we’d have a blast. There’s lots of kids participation, with a band and singing and all kinds of activities.

Then just as the sun would begin to set, the faerie would come, she’d fly high above us in a big circle and as she past each lantern or light, her wand would light it, it was magical. All the children would be asked to sit in the center and we’d have to start watching the night sky for th first glimpse of Santa, there’d be a big fire work and Santa would suddenly appear, with a huge sack of gifts. There’d be naughty elves that would try and steal the presents and all the children would have to scream to warn Santa of the naughty elves. Then one by one, each of us would be called up, by name, and be given a Christmas pressie.

After that we’d head on home, exhausted and prickly and covered in hay.

These parties are hosted by the Rotary Club of SA and they’ve been a tradition in Cape Town since I was a child. All of my family and friends attended these parties when they were growing up and their children attend to. I’ve been so looking forward to taking our little darling to these parties too. But every time I mention it to anyone living in Johannesburg, all I get are blank stares! So after some investigating I’m so disappointed to discover that Rotary Club of Jo’burg do not offer these events. They’re only available in Cape Town and Durban! There’s no way my child can grow up deprived of this wonderful experience and tradition. So one of two things has to happen, I either need a large group of parents to get together with me and put pressure on Rotary Club of Jo’burg to do these events or, we’ll have to fly to Cape Town each year so that our little darling can attend.

There’s no way my little darling can grow up without this experience!!!!!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Paula

    OOo I’ll help! It sounds amazing! Always knew Joburg sucked – hehe! ( I grew up in Pretoria but live in Midrand now, it SUCKS!)

    March 10, 2010 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Beth

    I also loved Uncle Willy! I can still remember the excitement.

    Went every year as kids, and was so special to take my kids to the parties when they were little. The same Uncle Willie was still doing the parties!

    You just have to fly to CT to carry on the tradition!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Hela

    Sharon, that sounds like so much fun! Jo’burg does suck in this regard! I’d be glad to help to bring this experience to JHB.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Denise

    I’ve never heard of it before but is sounds like fun!! Maybe we can get one going in Nelspruit too…

    March 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    Our PE rotary has Uncle Jumbo’s and has done so for about 50 years. I think it’s ridiculous that Jo’burg doesn’t have one. Going to this years with Jordan was just like being a child again.

    Noddy, Big Ears, Tinkerbel and Santa, hay bails and tractors are what every child needs. Although I didn’t realise back then just how daunting those porta potties were for my dear mom 🙂

    March 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply charne

    aaaaaaa i want a Uncle Pauls or a Uncle Jumbos!

    March 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Sian

    I’m in on putting pressure on the Rotary club!! That is when I have the child to go with it. But it sounds fantastic and worth the trip if there isn’t one here.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply jan

    omg!! that was my absolute favourite thing on earth – still think that fairy was real! Cannot believe they dont do it in JHB?? so weird?? I think aunty sharons christmas party sounds perfect!! so get planning…

    March 11, 2010 at 11:03 am
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