Kid at heart helps Christmas arrive earlier than usual

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MOTHER CHRISTMAS: Masterton Christian Childcare supervisor Suzie Wilmshurst has organised a Christmas wonderland.PHOTO/LYNDA FERINGA
MOTHER CHRISTMAS: Masterton Christian Childcare supervisor Suzie Wilmshurst has organised a Christmas wonderland.PHOTO/LYNDA FERINGA

Masterton Christian Childcare centre's Christmas spirit has well and truly kicked off, with a Christmas wonderland now open at the Times-Age building.

Superviser Suzie Wilmshurst said two Christmases ago the staff took the children around town to look at Christmas decorations, and found there was not a lot around.

"[Masterton] was missing the Christmas spirit, so being the big kid I am I decided we would go on a mission... to get the Christmas spirit out there" Mrs Wilmshurst said.

Last year the staff started up Christmas Wonderland, using donated, recycled or handmade decorations, with different areas set up in the space, each belonging to its own Christmas theme, including a bloke's Christmas, a retro Christmas, a romantic Christmas and a nativity scene.

Mrs Wilmshurst said this year's themes would include Kiwiana and a romantic scene again.

There will also be an education area for children.

Mrs Wilmshurst said she hoped the wonderland would grow every year.

The Christmas Wonderland will be open from December 12 to December 24, Monday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm, in the Times-Age building, red banners will direct people to the room.

Preschools and kindergartens are encouraged to book a time to view.

Entry is free but donations are welcomed.

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