Xmas Bus Tours London

Particular areas of London happened upon a festive surprise late last month as the Westfield Christmas before Christmas Bus toured the city on the 22nd and 23rd of November. The snow covered double-decker bus provides a one-of-a-kind experience to children who happen upon it, as it has been set out like a winter playground for children of primary school age.

Travelling Winter Playground

320px-Fairy_lights_Christmas_bus_412_OCD_Brigthon_21_november_2007Kids can join in to participate in a number of fun activities, from sitting in an ancient igloo style setting, to getting their faces painted and bopping to the beat with the bus’s in-house DJ station. There is even a chance for the kids to glimpse an appearance of old Saint Nicholas himself, visiting from the North Pole to spread a little festive cheer in advance of the holiday season.

Spreading the Cheer

On November 22nd, it took the regal tour, stopping at places such as the Houses of Parliament and Southwark Cathedral, as well as making a stop at the Westfield Stratford City Centre for children to enjoy. It surprised the pupils and teachers of Fulham Primary School on November 23rd, driving through Kensington High Street and stopping so that the kids could meet Bjorn the animatronic polar bear; one of the attractions on the bus and so that they could grab a few mince pies.

The whole appearance was an unmissable early experience of Christmas cheer and was well enjoyed by all who saw the surprise Christmas before Christmas Bus.

Commonweal School Shoebox Appeal

Pupils at the Commonweal School in Old Town have already put their best foot forwards this year in filling almost 100 shoeboxes for the Christmas shoebox appeal. Over the last few weeks, pupils, teachers and teaching assistants have all been getting involved in packing shoeboxes, giving away items such as gloves, scarves, drawing and writing materials, soap and flannel and a range of other gifts for the less fortunate.10174342253_0441ca0df5_o

Seeing the Happiness They Create

The children have an opportunity to watch a short DVD of less fortunate children opening their boxes from previous years, showing the excitement and pure joy that comes of getting something seemingly so small and meaningless from those who care. While it is not very much for the pupils themselves to sacrifice, it makes a world of difference to those who might have not gotten anything at Christmas otherwise.

The Importance of Giving Back

When bringing children up on what is right, it is important to instil a strong sense of morals in them, so that they can bring joy to other people. By helping those in less fortunate situations than themselves, and by seeing the affect it can have on their lives, we show the immensely positive result of simply giving a little back at Christmas time. It is an important life lesson and one that has gone down very well with the children of the Commonweal school.