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Our Seventh annual Kid's Christmas Party was the largest and best ever!!! 

Roxanne and I first conceived the idea of a little party for our neighborhood kids, after learning that it was common for them to only receive a piece of candy or some fruit for Christmas--and that's all!

For our first party in 2008,  we asked Agripina to invite some of the kids from around our few blocks, and figured that maybe 20 kids might show up.  We had packed up some gift bags consisting of a small toy and lots of animal crackers and Christmas candy.  We were shocked when we were greeted by 47 smiling faces.  Yikes!  What to do?  So we scrambled back into our house and frantically filled up 27 more baggies of goodies.  It was just luck that we had bought a little more than we thought we would need.

It turned out that the kids just loved the surprise visit from Papa Noel, and they told everyone!

So...fast forward to this year...we are now printing tickets and stamping hands, in a valiant attempt to limit the number of attendees to 625!

As you have seen from our previous posts, we begin to purchase the toys and candy in October, and we continue to add to the process,  until the day of the party, when we take delivery on 625 hot dog buns, which were so close to the deadline, that they were still hot from the massive stone over where they were born.

There are a million details to work out and rework.  Roxanne  wakes up in the night to rewrite the "to do" and the "to buy" list, almost every night!

On the day of the party, we have ten strong men borrowed from construction projects all around town, and 10 women who all pitch in to make this a smooth operation.

For Example:  We need eight guys for two hours to receive the seating for 600 people...here they are unloading the freight--the table and three stools are made of one inch thick hardwood, and the load is over 50 pounds for each trip!

This is how they look all set up...

Here's Roxanne posing with less that half the gift bags...

And the ladies are already slicing the 625 hot dog buns...

The boxes contain 160 liters of Coke...the guys are emptying 400 pounds of shaved ice into the soft drink crates...

This is a shot of the crowd just a couple of hours later...



Keeping everyone happy is our main job, and it really helps when Papa Noel goes out into the crowd!!!


Of course, the highlight of the show is when each child sits on Santa's lap and gets his or her own gift bag...here are some of the 400 photos that we took for printing later for each household...

















This is Manuel and his son...Manuel and Papa Noel grew up together...Manuel also does a fabulous job as MC of the event...

This young boy looks to be 8 going on 30!!!  Probably a future CPA!


A little  break after taking all the tickets, delivering all the food, and stamping all the kids hands...


Papa Noel taking a deserved break, after spending over 2 hours handing out gifts, talking to each child, and posing for a ton of photos...

Of course, when it's clean up time, and the music changes from Christmas music to good ol' rock and roll, everyone gets a second wind!!!


Here's a few shots taken by Ace Photog Robert...















These wonderful ladies made dozens of trips with these trays to deliver 600 hot dogs.  The chips and Cokes were delivered by more waiters...







Manuel just announced that we were the party hosts...


A couple of shots showing how the place looked before it filled up...


 We want to thank Shell and Marsha and Ami for letting us borrow these huge blowup figures...many, many amature photos shot here all afternoon!



 In the upper right you see Robert (ace Photog), and wife Jilleen (fabulous gift distributor working with Rox to get every present just right into Papa Noel's hands.)


Isidro is our chief of security today...but inside, he's just a big teddybear!!!


When all the kids have gone home, and all the tables and stools are loaded on two trucks, and the whole place is cleaned up, there are  well deserved  beers passed all around... 

Again this year, Roxanne and I wish to thank all of our friends, family, blog readers, and guests, for their generous support for this really fun party.

As you can see, it takes a lot of wonderful folks to make this event come off perfectly, and we all did it again this year.  So thanks everybody--you done good!!

 Rox took this shot of me and Coquita mellowing out the day after all the fun!!!

Posted on Sun, December 21, 2014 at 06:25AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment | References1 Reference

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    Our Seventh annual Kid's Christmas was the largest and best ever!!! - You can join here... - BobnRox

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Congratulations! A job well done! Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Watson

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