|Santa Claus visits Kielder First School|
The children performed their play to us, partly traditional, partly choral speaking narrative and partly improvised scenes from the nativity, which enabled even a four-year-old to have a speaking part (mainly "Yes" repeated whenever anyone addressed her). They sang and played recorders, ukuleles and bells.
Our final treat was coffee or tea and mincepies. The children's was a visit from Santa Claus. It's odd that some people try to tell children that there was no such person, when the name is simply the short (Germanic)form of Saint Nicholas (like Sinta Klaas in Dutch). Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra in the early fourth century who, legend has it, rescued three girls from poverty by putting three bags of gold through their window at night. (This is the origin of the old pawnbroker's sign of three golden balls.)