All that fun and joy before Christmas.

Christmas has always been a time of great joy and feasting. But let us be honest. An ideal life is one where every day is a blessing. At HiiChiiKok Foundation, the children had a series of celebrations building up to the climax which was Christmas itself.

From home visits, and carolling to partying, the spirit of Christmas was strong throughout the entire month of December. One such event was the Sprinkles & Joyful Day, organised by IKEA and held at IKEA Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

It is a celebration of coming together, cherishing loved ones and making lasting memories for the coming Christmas. 20 children and one staff member participated in the event.

They had ample opportunities to express their creativity that day. The event started out with them decorating their very own Ginger Heart cookies with coloured icing sugar, all sponsored by IKEA.

Rarely do we get to eat our artwork, but that is the case for the deserving children who were so meticulous in their efforts. Seated together in groups, it was all very messy but the wonderful kind. Laughter filled the air and the tables were littered with breadcrumbs.

Their busy hands are about to get busier. Once the Ginger Heart cookies had been prettied up, it was time to assemble the Advent Calendar. Those came in cardboard, requiring quite a degree of thought and patience to assemble.

But once the calendars were up, everyone could see that it was worth the trouble. Now the children can place their little candies into the folded cardboard slots to mark the approaching Christmas.

They say that Santa rewards the good kids with presents. So it comes as no surprise when the creative children of HiiChiiKok Foundation were later showered with gifts for their efforts.

This fun-filled evening is but one of the many enriching activities that the children indulge in on a weekly basis. For more information on the Hiichiikok Foundation, please go to: