|Christmas Eve 2009 at the Melbourne Ashram began with the Children’s Program including a Frisbee throwing competition round with about 15 youngsters (and the young at heart) joining Shantamritaji who demonstrated his excellent ‘Californian’ skills in Frisbee throwing.
Next, there was a children’s treasure hunt which involved a competition between two teams – the boys and the girls, with many of the excited tots being helped by the AYUDH youngsters. This part of the event ended with Shantamritaji narrating several stories to all the little ones - all happily munching on their lollies.
Next was the adults turn to be treated with bhajans and Shantamritaji’s talk on the Spirit of Christmas. Shantamritaji highlighted in particular the meaning of suffering, giving and compassionate love as being the true values of Christmas and how Amma’s life is a living example of the meaning of Christmas.
The bhajan group next led the Carols with the grand finale of Father Christmas appearing with lots of goodies for the Children and a lovely spread of Christmas dinner and cake!
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