The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston recently welcomed more than 300 children and their 37 teachers from 19 basic, preparatory and primary schools and two children's homes in the Corporate Area to the club's annual Christmas treat.
The event was designed to generate the festive spirit as it addresses the material and spiritual aspects of the season.
Older children - Key Clubbers and Circle-Kers - assisted with serving and entertainment.
From as early as 7.30 a.m. on December 14, the audiovisual centre of the St Andrew High School for Girls was abuzz with energy from the members of the club, spearheaded by Director Claudette Walker.
As soon as they were joined at 9:30 a.m. by bus loads of cheering, anxious children, the atmosphere suddenly evolved into one of immense excitement.
As the children watched Rio, an American computer-animated, musical, adventure-comedy film, they adopted a new persona.
Perched on seats and served with snacks, they were glued to the screen like bees to honey, minus the sound. The unspoken call for calm was observed and there was not a single non-conformist.
Kiwanian Tamara McKayle had her hands full in trying to contain the excitement of the children as they vied for attention and a chance to be onstage.
Director Pam Lowe spared nothing to hold the children's attention as she related the age-old Christmas story.
Most seemed adept with the story and so the short quiz which followed was a breeze.
Children from a number of schools also performed creditably in songs, poetry, and dance and the overall delight was evidenced by loud and lingering applause which almost drowned the music.
Some were awarded for their efforts, winning prizes with the flavour of the season, before the children erupted in cheers and laughter upon the arrival of Santa Claus, accompanied by his 'wife', Mrs Claus.
Perched on seats and served with snacks, they were glued to the screen like bees to honey, minus the sound.