Dante Alighieri Christmas Party
The Sons of Italy Garibaldi Lodge brought Christmas surprises early for the grateful and elated students of the Dante Alighieri.
The Dante Alighieri held their annual Christmas event and party at the Centro Caboto on December 11th and were eager in anticipation of Saint Nicholas' visit. The stage was set with the Befana video on the mega screen exciting all in attendance for more Christmas surprises. The children sat on the edge of their seats with bated breath awaiting what was to come next.
Two jovial and hopping elves scurried out dressed in festive red and green outfits and black stockings chatting in a frenzy about some white bearded red garbed round man bringing gifts! Our own members Lou Caci and Tat-Liang Cheam were the jubilant elves bringing good tidings about Santa who was our very own past president Tony Cesario.
The children chanted "Santa ... Santa ... Santa" louder and louder to a fervent clamour as the elves yelled out "Santa is in the house!" Santa barreled in looking trim and happy as he sat down in his favourite couch ready to hand out gifts to all the boys and girls of the Dante. Piazza DeNardi provided panettone for each of the children and Cosmo Racano was the silent Santa who picked up all the gifts for the grateful kids.
The event ended with even the teachers of the Dante having a special Santa moment on the couch with cameras flashing like the paparazzi from the Italian tabloids! Our paparazzi was John Giavedoni of our lodge.
We look forward to presenting more fun gifts for the children and future of our community for many years to come!
Photos from 2010 Christmas Party