My Pageant story
I have never missed a Christmas Pageant from the age of 1. I have fond memories of sitting along the road watching all the floats go past – Nipper and Nimble were always my favourite. I dreamed of being one of the little girls lucky enough to be on the floats. By the time Father Christmas would arrive I would be up on my dad’s shoulders as I would be so restless from all the excitement, but desperate to stay awake to catch a glimpse of his rosy red cheeks and joyful smile.
For as long as I can remember, the Christmas Pageant marks the day my family put up the Christmas tree in the family room and lights on the front of the house. For me it marks the start of my favourite time of year, Christmas.
My first year in the Credit Union Christmas Pageant I couldn’t believe my childhood dream had come to life. I was so overwhelmed that I could finally be up close to the floats I had only dreamt of touching while watching the Pageant as a child. I made sure I arrived the earliest time possible to get my costume and hair and make-up so I could walk the length of float line and touch all the floats I could never as a child from the side of the road.
2 years ago I was lucky enough to be on a float that was selected to visit the Women’s and Children’s Hospital after the Pageant. In each room I entered I was met with the laughter and smiles of children and their excited parents. Giving children in hospital that day the opportunity to see some of the characters of the Christmas Pageant up close was an unforgettable experience.
This is my 5th year in a row in the Pageant and it is easily one of the highlights of my year. I have been a Robot, Fairy, Princess, 1950s Country Rock Girl and this year a Russian Cossack. My parents meet me every year before the pageant starts to take photos as they share an equal excitement for the pageant. My mother’s Facebook profile picture is then updated to a picture of herself and me in costume for the next 364 days until the next Christmas Pageant.
My childhood Christmas Pageant memories have a very important place in my heart and I am forever grateful that every year I am given the opportunity to bring the same happy memories to other children and adults who line the streets of Adelaide.