USA: Mangaloreans in Houston celebrated Christmas with a lot of enthusiasm at the Lake Shore Harbour Community Hall, Missouri City, Texas, on 25th December 2105. Gifts were placed beneath the beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
The day started with a play enacting the birth of Christ, directed by Maureen Crasta and narrated by Eric Saldanha. Thereafter all joined in the singing of carols.
Then it was time to watch the arrival of Santa from North Pole. Santa Claus enacted by Joylus Pereira surprised the gathering with his majestic entry, greeting everyone and distributing gifts to children. Each family then took turns to get their pictures with Santa.
The gathering was divided into 3 groups to play various games and quizzes conducted by Eric Saldanha, Sheryl Machado and Gail Pereira. Teams were equally talented and were seen, trying to outshine the other till the very end.
Every family had cooked a dish and all joined together to enjoy the Mangalorean style mouthwatering food. Kuswar was distributed bringing in memories of the good old days in Mangalore.
The day’s Master of Ceremonies was Ronnie Crasta. The party continued in dancing to the tunes in English and Konkani played by DJ Chris Pinto. Each family pooled in a gift and an entertaining game was held to distribute those gifts among the families. The day ended in a game of Housie Housie with lots of prizes.
Indeed it was a team effort were everybody contributed whole heartedly and enjoyed to their heart’s content.