Sunday, December 3rd was the annual Stony Brook Village Holiday Festival. This year APIA was one of the sponsors of the festival. Host families and au pairs came together to decorate the APIA International Peace Tree. Decorations were made by au pairs and host children.
The new 14 foot tall Legends and Spies parade came next. The parade celebrated the Culper Spy Ring of Setauket that helped win the Revolutionary War for America’s independence. Also featured was Ward Melville, the Stony Brook businessman, conservationist and philanthropist. He supported the restoration and preservation of historic buildings in the area to encourage his vision of a New England village in Stony Brook. The event was run by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization.
Their are 70 trees on the Promenade of Trees that will be on view until the New Year! The day included a petting zoo, music, and a model train exhibit.
The day concluded with Santa and friends lighting the big tree on the Village Green!
Local Au Pair, Kim from Germany shared the differences between Christmas in Germany and in the USA. She won a contest for her great article
Suffolk County au pairs from Au Pair in America had an International Potluck Holiday Party at their counselors home this Sunday, Dec. 11. Au Pairs prepared favorite dishes from their home countries to share with their friends.
We played a game drawing Christmas trees while plates were on our heads, 3 winners got to pick prizes!
Each au pair brought a wrapped gift for the gift exchange. A game was played to the story of “A Night Before Christmas” to scramble up who got which gift.
On Sunday, December 6th Au Pair in America Suffolk County Au Pairs and Host Families decorated a tree for the Promenade of Trees in Stony Brook Village. It was a beautiful, warm day and everyone enjoyed the festivities.
Cindy Garruba, Senior Community Counselor for APIA, had decorations for the kids to make. We handed out coloring books to the kids waiting online to see Santa. Santa arrived in a horse drawn carriage at 2 pm to listen to all the kids’ Christmas wishes. There was a petting zoo, performers doing skits and singing songs. 100s of trees were decorated throughout the village and will be up through till the New Year.
A wonderful holiday party for the Suffolk County Au Pair in America Cluster on Sunday, December 14th at their Community Counselor’s home.
International Feast with dishes prepared by the au pairs and the Counselor, Cindy Garruba. A grab bag gift exchange, gifts from Cindy to the au pairs and just lots of holiday fun!
On Sunday, Dec. 7th Suffolk County Au Pair in America host families and au pairs decorated a tree for the Promenade of Trees in SB Village. Cindy Garruba, Senior Community Counselor for Au Pair in America, provided ornaments for the kids to decorate. She also handed out holiday coloring books to the children gathered to give their wish list to Santa. Santa arrived at 2 pm in a horse drawn carriage!
The trees are on display through New Year’s Day!
Sunday, December 3rd 2011 the Suffolk County Cluster of Au Pairs decorated a tree for Stony Brook Village’s Promenade of Tree.
The theme of the tree is “We Bring the World Together!” The decorations have been made by au pairs from this year’s au pairs, as well as au pairs from previous years.
Santa Claus arrived at 2 PM on a fire engine. Children lined up for a chance to tell him what they want this year for Christmas. Santa will be available every weekend till Christmas for the children. There is a red mailbox outside the Stony Brook Post Office just for letters to Santa. The trees are on display until January 1st. The APIA tree is right in front of the Brook House Restaurant, just to the right of the Post Office. Hope you visit Stony Brook and visit our tree!!
Sunday, November 13 the Suffolk Cluster of Au Pair in America began preparing for the upcoming holiday season in the USA.
Senior Community Counselor, Cindy Garruba began the meeting by discussing what holidays are celebrated in the USA. She explained why we celebrate Thanksgiving and how important the holiday is for all Americans. She then continued the discussion with conversations on the holidays their families may be celebrating, Hanakkuh, Christmas and New Year’s. There was a discussion on childcare during this happy, but very hectic season.
The au pairs divided into small groups to discuss childcare challenges by age group. Then they came together to discuss the best ways to deal with these challenges. Cindy emphasized using each other as resources for how to deal with situations. Holiday childcare can bring on tired, over excited behaviors and it is important to minimize stress during this season with their host children.
We also discussed being homesick at this time of year, best ways to deal with missing family and friends. Cindy encouraged the au pairs to bring some of their holiday traditions into their host families celebrations. Then the au pairs decorated ornaments to be hung on a Au Pair in America Holiday Tree in Stony Brook Village Promenade of Trees. The meeting concluded with pumpkin pie and apple cider. The au pairs enjoyed the Thanksgiving dessert and spending time with each other.