The Little Fishes returned this week after their winter break. Could they squeeze another story out of Christmas? Of course they could!

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As the Little Fishes gathered we remembered how long it took Christmas to arrive; how long it took Father Christmas to arrive on Christmas Eve and then how long some of us had to wait on Christmas morning before we were allowed to open our presents. One Little Fishy told us how they didn’t wait quite so long as the rest after they escaped from their beds in the middle of the night and had to be rounded up by a not-very-happy mummy!

We were feeling in a party mood by this time so we played a game of pass-the-parcel.

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Rev’d Peter was in charge of the music and he made us wait so long before we could remove each layer of paper.

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Eventually we got to the end and the prize was Baby Jesus! We had waited such a long time!

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We shared the story of Simeon and Anna waiting and waiting at the temple to meet the Christ. And how they knew it was the Baby Jesus when Mary and Joseph brought him to the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to God.

And what do you need to do once you have received your presents? You have to say thank you. So that is what we did – a thank you letter to God.

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Little Fishes is our ‘mums and tots’ group which meets every Friday in church from 2pm. There is no charge and all babies, toddlers and pre-school children are very welcome to come along with their carers.