St. John's Uniting Church Wahroonga
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Christmas at the Dish

At The Dish, this Christmas, St. Leo’s served Christmas meal on Christmas Eve. Thank you to this team of keen and enthusiastic parents and some pupils, organised by Connie, who were glad to prepare and serve the dinner. Christmas ham was carved in situ at the Van! Shepherd’s Pie, Tandoori chicken, lasagne and roast vegetables accompanied the fine fare. Plum pudding and custard were appreciated for dessert.

Festive red bags of gifts were prepared by University students, Jess and Laura, from donations of goods and gifts that had come in throughout the year. Mimi, and members of the Pennant Hills Probus Club had given cash to cover the purchase of extras for the bags; Helen had bought bags of cookies from Mister Cookie Man – so that each of our friends had something to eat for a treat! Sian and her children had prepared gifts; her husband had provided puddings; North Sydney Rotary Club’s Inner Wheel provided an assortment of wrapped gifts and others to be wrapped – items of clothing and necessities. Others had sent in their items and toiletries from overseas travel – sometimes from Business of First Class treats – even pyjamas!! These all added to the fun in store for our friends when they received and unpacked their “goodies”.

Each year in the bundles necessities are included; these were given by other families and merchants in Wahroonga.

Another highlight were the cards and letters prepared by the pupils in one of the Year 5 classes of Waitara Public School. Each pupil wrote a thoughtful message to be given to each one of those who came to share in Christmas this year at The Dish. Some prepared fun cards – items of humour and thoughts of care were expressed by these youngsters – wishing our friends well.

All of these items added to the wonderful spirit of Christmas that was present on that special eve. Tige and his team of volunteers servers presented the food prepared by Sue, Val and Betty later in the week; Victoria gave us a ham which Sue glazed for serving. This continued the festivities into the New Year period.

We thank all those who thought of, gave time, money, gifts and items to be included with the bags of goods. We thank those who prepared the bags, who cooked the food and served it at that special time.

This was a special blessing to all who received during that week.