One of our favourite traditions every year is to attend the switching on of the Christmas lights at Home of hope in Tableview, Cape Town.
About Home of Hope
Home of Hope is a non profit organization that cares for abused and abandoned children, especially those who suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectum Disorder.
Fetal Alcohol Spectum Disorder is a permanent brain damage to the brain dye to the exposure of alcohol in the womb.
Why do Home of Hope care for these children?
They believe that every child has the right to reach their full potential!
Every year the Christmas lights are the highlight of the season for us as a family, a reminder that we are in the last few days leading up to Christmas.
It’s my mental note to grab the last gifts and set our Christmas menues. And somehow the world just feels more festive as we count down the days to the turning on of the lights.
This year, we missed the actual turning on of the lights as we chose to go a little later when it was darker. The only downfall to Cape Towns long hours of sunlight is trying to enjoy an evening activity before the kids get tired.
Each year, they have beautiful displays of Christmas magic around the garden and there is always so much to see.
Some highlights for us are always the beautiful Christmas villiage and the creative dinosaur display. Both of which, did not disappoint.
This year, to me,is especially spectacular with lots of added photo opportunities and brilliant mini displays to enjoy.
We especially enjoyed the Minion tree, Disney princess display, the smurf villiage and the lovely Nativity display.
There was food on sale and the kids can even write to Santa and post their wish lists.
I was happy to see a strong presence of Tableview neighbourhood watch, who work tirelessly to ensure our roads are safe, which was seen to keep you safe, and there is ample road side parking.
About the Home of Hope Christmas lights
The Home of Hope Christmas lights exhibit is free to enter,however, donations are welcome.
The lights will be on every night from 15 – 30 December and Santa will visit on the 22 & 23 .
Please see the Home of Hope social pages on when and how to drop your gift off if you want your child to get a gift from Santa.
Visits from Santa
The highlight of Christmas has to be writing to Santa and getting to see him.
Last year was the first year that we joined for Hamish to get a gift from Santa. If memory serves me correctly, we bought a gift of no more than R100 and we dropped the gift off a day or two before Santa’s arrival.
On the evening of Santa’s arrival, all the kids gathered to eagerly await Jolly old Saint Nick and his big red sack of gifts.
So, we will excitedly be buying a new Lego build and adding it to Santa’s pile to gift to Hamish when he arrives this year at Home of Hope.