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by Mandy Barrow

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My Christmas in Thailand

A diary of a teacher from England

Santa Came!

I woke up to find that Father Christmas had visited and had filled my stocking full of presents! I has been worried that he might not be able to find me here, but he did! Thank you Santa.

Early start to school

I arrived at school early today (not a hard thing to do, as I am living there!). I was greeted by the sounds of very excited children shouting 'Merry Christmas Mandy' and 'Happy Merry Christmas Mandy!'.

Two Santas stood at the school gates welcoming the children in.

The students walked between two lines of little fairies into the school.



A large decorated Christmas tree, with presents underneath, took prominent place in the middle of the playground.




The School Day Begins

As per normal, at 8am, the students stood in rows to sing the National Anthem. This was followed by Buddhist chanting and some speeches by the duty teacher.

Christmas Festivities Begin

The children were told about the true meaning of Christmas through songs and dance. They sang many Christmas songs but the highlight for me was the Nativity. It was lovely to see the children perform their version of the traditional Nativity.

Lessons Commence

A normal school day means what it says. As soon as the extended assembly finished, the children filed back to their classrooms for their lessons. I spent the day singing Christmas songs with the children.

Christmas Dinner

Thai people do not have ovens in their homes as they mainly eat rice and noodles. Our turkey was cooked at the local bakery.

Tui, my hostess, spent most of the day preparing a traditional English Christmas Dinner for the evening. The brussel sprouts came from England. So did the crackers and sparklers.



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