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An Evening of Magic (At the North Pole)

5.1.17
At Small Wonders, we always find a reason to celebrate.
On a cold evening, as sparkling white crystals fell and seemed to drift across the trees in puffs and whirls,  winter magic was being created, and captured. No one knows for sure how it all came about. As the snow piled high all around, holiday cheer could be heard - along with giggles, and the hustle and bustle of little feet. 
It was quite warm at the North Pole this year. I think that's what happens when you have friends to celebrate with. Our little party-goers arrived in warm pajamas, bringing joy and cheer. Piles of food, fruity drinks, and sweets - oh my, the most delectable sweets, were all on the menu. 
Games of bingo was in the cards, and it was a hit. Did you know that they love Bingo at the North Pole? They do! And the lucky winners- 5 of them, had a choice of gifts waiting to be claimed. A mango papaya lotion bar from Alchemy Body & Beauty, delicious mini cupcakes from Baked from the Heart, Whimsical Art by Kathy Lycka, Heritage Park tickets, gift baskets sponsored by my hubby for Small Wonders, as wells as a surprise hidden gift claimed by a curious- risk-taking winner (a Boston Pizza gift card). Whew! Our sponsors were generous this year, and that wasn't even all the gifts...
There was also talk of a special story time at 7:30 pm, if I'm not mistaken. And without much effort or fuss, children and parents gathered around to listen to a tale of Christmas. A story about a man named Santa Claus, and reindeer with very interesting names. The children listened in awe, as they munched on GoGo Quinoa's quinoa chocolate chip cookies (cause who doesn't?)
...tiny legs crossed on our warm fluffy rug - the same one we use for circle time at home.
Just right after our precious story was over, Mrs Claus' Sweets Shoppe was opened. I can't say I agree with little children devouring sweets just before bed- but maybe this once huh? And since all treats were elf-approved, moms and dads didn't really have much of a say. And so it goes; the children, and their parents were forced to eat to their hearts' desire.
Finally, stockings hidden in plain sight, were given to each child. They did not wait to open and examine the contents - to their parents' horror (this mom was getting tired as well).  
Two hours cannot capture the magic of the North Pole. Not with moms and dads, and little ones partaking in the magic of the season. 
No, it really cannot be done in two hours; but we are the type of people who will find any reason to celebrate - boy do we love our parties. In the end, on a snowy night, family meant coming together, and sharing in the joy. We did better than good - we did great - we had a wonderful night!
My only regret is not getting snap shots of the gifts and lovely gift baskets :(. 
Some photos (taken at home) were lost on a wonky disc, but hey, I think we have filed away all the goodness of coming together in our minds and hearts.

As for other 2016 reflections; it was that kind of year. A year filled with ups and downs. I’m entering the 2017 year filled with hope that we will just keep trucking on...with the good and bad. I figure we will be alright, as long as we've got each and every parent trucking along with us. But why don't we take a trip down memory lane, and reminisce about all the other wonderful things we did in 2016 at another time?  Right now I'm going to focus on our wonderful night.

I cannot sign off without speaking about the many individuals who helped make magic happen (for us and with us).
We had such lovely gifts. I am still amazed and humbled by the generosity that we have been blessed with. I cannot say enough good things about our sponsors. Some of the sponsors are individuals who have never met me, or any of us for that matter. Hard-working individuals who in their awesomeness got so excited about giving to a small dayhome & playschool's adventure. We are a lucky bunch.
Happy New Year to us...to all!
Thank you to our Lovely & Generous Event Sponsors
Alchemy Body & Beauty
Baked from the Heart
The Creativity Shell & EZ Kids
GoGo Quinoa
Heritage Park Society
Kathy Lycka Whimiscal Art
PZA Parlour // donated a gift for each family
Shannon Huisman RMT 
Iman & A. Saquaf (for Small Wonders)

Small Wonders would also like to thank:
Amira.............................stocking stuffer / helper / personal asst.
Iman ..............................helper / cleaner / personal asst.
A. Saquaf ......................photography/shopping / picking up /delivery of items
JM's parents...................dairy-free cupcakes
JM's parents ..................administrative work, helping in all/any area when needed
MB's parents..................fruit
AH's parents ..................veggie & dip
LE's parents................... chips, popcorn, pretzels, juice, fruit, cups
LE's parents ................... picking up items
EG's parents .................. mac & cheese bites, sweet potato casserole, cups, plates, cutlery
Braeside Community Association ...............for the lovely accessible space

Stocking stuffers
JM .......................... dairy-gluten-free brownie treat
MB..........................christmas (snowman) decorating kit
AH.......................... sticker book
LE...........................decorative christmas tree-craft set
EG.......................... wooden ornaments
HA......................... star wars socks (for the boys) & nectarines for all
ZA......................... macaroons 

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