“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way….” sang our keiki in hopes that Santa Claus would hear them and visit our Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool. We faintly heard bells jingling, and there in the distance was a jolly old man dressed from head to toe in his Hawaiian Santa suit. As he entered the room with a Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas, the keiki squealed with excitement and stared at him in awe as he made his way through the room in true local style; barefoot!
Santa read “The Story of Aloha Bear” which assured the keiki that Santa doesn’t forget about the children of Hawai‘i and that he finds his way over the ocean to the islands every holiday season. He even showed everyone his magical gold key that he always wears around his neck. Because Santa usually enters homes on Christmas Eve through the fireplace, and most of the homes in Hawai‘i do not have fireplaces, he uses his magical gold key which opens every single front door around the world.
Our visit ended as he called each keiki up by name and they whispered into his ear what they wanted for Christmas. Each of them was presented with a book for Christmas and as we all sang Mele Kalikimaka, Santa danced through the classroom spreading his Christmas cheer.
Mele Kalikimaka to each and every one of you from the staff of Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool.