The big news this week was our Annual School Christmas Program that played to a packed house on Friday night. After weeks of rehearsals and epic decorating by the kids, well over 1000 parents, neighbors and supporters turned up to watch kindergarten through 10th grade kids dance and act their little Christmas hearts out.

Backstage with Roshni, Santoshi and Priyansi

Backstage with Roshni, Santoshi and Priyansi

Even our four-legged friends came to enjoy the evening

Even our four-legged friends came to enjoy the evening

Some of the smallest Maxton Strong School performers

Some of the smallest Maxton Strong School performers

The Green Bird of Christmas sees all and waits patiently

The Green Bird of Christmas sees all and waits patiently

To give you a little taste of what you missed, here is some unbridled video cuteness to help your Christmas spirit soar. If you can watch all 30 seconds without smiling, you win the Grinch prize of the season.

 Cynthia and her fellow Pinkies backstage, waiting to go on...

Cynthia and her fellow Pinkies backstage, waiting to go on…

As a final update on our Christmas fundraiser, we hit 103% of our goal this week, thanks to so many of you, both regular donors and new contributors alike. It really will make a wonderful difference, taking pressure off what can be a financially stressful time of year. Thanks to all of you who helped out.

Some of our small girls after the school program

Some of our small girls after the school program

Christmas is just one week away and more and more visitors are arriving. Many older hotel boys and girls are already back to enjoy the festivities… and school is out for two weeks with all kids looking forward to some fun. We hope you also find yourself surrounded by family or friends, with enough time to enjoy this special time of year.