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Christmas Eve, Baan San Fan

24 December 2010 3,326 views 8 Comments


After a final run to the market and shops we started getting ready for the party. Slicing and folding big leaves, blowing up and arranging balloons – especially for you Michelle, the balloons came from Balgowlah shopping centre :), slicing watermelons, fryng chicken and rice, arranging sweets and moving presents around. During all this an elephant walked past. Christmas Eve could not get less typical.


The party was fun. There were children from the school and they got all shy & giggly when they saw me. Found that pretty funny cos I remember being the same when I saw teachers out of school! Everyone ate, mucked around, and there was present giving. Actually, the most bizarre present giving I’ve ever seen and I still don’t really get what happened… There was a bunch of presents on the table. Some I know the children here had bought, and Sam & Gai also, I have no idea if the guests brought gifts. Names were written down next to numbers and then checked off on a list and then pulled out of a ‘hat’ and then checked again and each child got a numbered gift from the table..?! Now while it’s great that everyone got a gift I can tell you there is no more effective way to also ensure that everyone receives the most generic and frankly useless gift ever! But, they were delighted. Good on ’em. And they loved their Australia keyrings, ha!!

presents pt ii…

When the party came to an end the guests took the place apart. I mean literally. They took balloons down, they filled bags with left over food – one person came running back to get more, they took tinsel, honestly, they ransacked the place. Maybe Baan San Fan is better off than I thought because the rest of the village find it utterly acceptable to walk past the ‘orphanage’ sign with pockets full of loot!

I had oranges, watermelon, nuts and rice flour & coconut cakes to eat. And I finished the evening reading a book on the history of humanity and doing yoga… Like I say, not a typical Christmas Eve.


other posts on Baan San Fan


Volunteering at Baan San Fan, Bang Wan, Thailand
Boxing Day, Baan San Fan
Christmas Day, Baan San Fan


“Pi Lucy”
down to business.. Baan San Fan
Christmas preparations Baan San Fan
first 24 hours at Baan San Fan
toys, books and fun stuff to take to the orphanage
Volunteering at Baan San Fan Orphanage


  • Anna Scott said:

    Hi Lucy, loving your blog, so inspirational what you’re doing out there. Pics are great too! Hope the mossies calm down, I always get bitten to pieces when they’re about too! Well done on becoming a teacher, can’t believe you managed to create a lesson on the spot! Much admiration. Hope you have a happy Christmas, lots of love Anna and Dan xx

  • lucyjjames (author) said:

    hello you two.. shouldn’t you be in bed..? santa won’t come..!
    Thanks for reading and for comments. Have a beautiful Christmas as well. Thinking of you all. xxx

  • Mum said:

    Hi Tup haven’t read the letter yet but looked at the photos. missing you too much. hope you’re home next christmas, love you loads xxxx.
    Merry Christmas Lucy to you and all your friends, your letters from there underline the good work you are doing, something l could use in old age! Will send our photos soon before all the snow melts. Everyone our end sends their love. Dad xxx.

  • Marie said:

    Wow! That is a heck of a lot of watermelon! Sounds like a great time was had by all but as you say, not a typical crimble eve.

    Re the present thing…I am very pleased the keyrings went down well! Bizarrely when I read about the ‘approach’ in your blog it reminded me of our work secret Santa…It was suggested that this had a twist and was ‘evil’ secret Santa…needless to say I was a bah humbug and refused to do it as I saw it as the most ridiculous waste of money for old rope! Why can’t people just give presents in a nice, straightforward way?!

    Byeeeeeeee, love you

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