Last Saturday, we were able to host our orphanage Christmas party! It was full of laughter, fun, soccer, and dancing. To start the morning off, we had planned to have a 3vs3 basketball tournament; however, with the rain, we were forced to move it to indoor soccer. The kids made teams ranging between younger and older kids and a few of the team members. We had 8 teams participate. In the championship match, it ended tied at 3-3, so the kids decided to do penalty kicks. Majority of the other kids piled into the room and were loudly cheering for who they wanted or trying to distract the opposing team. After the first round of kicks, it was still tied so we had to go again. They take soccer matches quite seriously! In the end, the smaller team won and each received a new soccer ball as their “trophy”
After soccer, we went to set up the party and get ready. All of the kids got really dressed and came over to the common area. One of the staff led us in a time of worship and prayer before we started the party. The team had two photobooths set up so the kids could take Christmas pictures and silly pictures. They loved using different props and being silly having their pictures taken.
Once the party, there were several games. The first game was Santa Limbo. We had a mix of kids from little to big who played. Each participant had to put a balloon inside their shirt and try to go under the line without touching or falling. We had several rounds before anyone got out. In the final round, we had Dieunese and Olantos. Despite Olantos being double Dieunese, he gave it a good attempt before falling over. It was quite impressive how low the line got before they finished!
In between the games, the kids had various performances. There were four dance groups who did specials that they had been practicing. We had two girls groups: Girl Dance and Boom Dance along with Speed dance (boys) and Boy Dance. The kids had different tricks thrown into their performances that the crowd loved! You could tell they had worked very hard and were proud to perform at the party for everyone. (they might have made special appearances at the elderly party too!)
The next game we played was a relay race. The kids formed several teams, which ultimately ended up being an older boy, older girl, younger boy, and younger girl teams. To make it more fair, we lined them up so they thought they were competing in those teams and then switched up the teams. Each person had to carry an ornament on a spoon, in their mouth. They couldn’t use their hands and if the ornament fell, they had to return to start. It was a close race until several groups dropped theirs.
For our final game, we played the saran wrap ball game. As one kid tried to roll a 6 on the dice, the person next to them was trying to quickly unravel the ball to get prizes that were inside. It became quite competitive, some of the kids got candy, sunglasses, games, or little wireless speakers. A group of the younger boys ma
After the games and performances were finished, everyone ate until their stomachs were so full! There was lots of delicious food. Typically, parties end with food; however, a massive dance party/competition broke out after the meal. The kids, staff, team members all danced for at least another hour. Everyone was having so much fun and enjoying themselves.