Raisethorpe family share their Christmas spirit

2016-12-20 10:35
Shawn Manual (7) embraces the Christmas cheer with his neighbours Kerooshan and Rishen Pather, who built a Christmas display outside their Lahore Road home.

Shawn Manual (7) embraces the Christmas cheer with his neighbours Kerooshan and Rishen Pather, who built a Christmas display outside their Lahore Road home. (Ian Carbutt)

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A Raisethorpe family have showed the Christmas spirit by creating and sharing a festive haven for children in their neighbourhood.

Kerooshan and Rishen Pather, under the strict guidance of their mother Roshnie, spent over a week sculpting and building a Christmas tree and a life-sized Santa Claus and putting up festive lights.

A dress-maker by trade, Roshnie said an accident at work in 2005 almost “cancelled” their Christmas celebrations for the year.

“But the next year when I was better I wanted to give my children a full Christmas experience and I started making everything from scratch,” Pather said.

She said in previous years, she built a manger and a sleigh.

The 3,5 metre high Christmas tree, which can be seen as you enter Raisethorpe, was also made from odds and ends lying around the house.

“We have many people from the neighbourhood who come by to see our decorations every year. The children just love it,” Pather said.

She said the family also hosted a tree lighting ceremony for the neighbourhood. “We had speakers out and everyone was dancing,” she said.

You can also visit the Christmas display, in Lahore Road, opposite the Raisethorpe Sasol garage.

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