In a delightful twist on holiday traditions, the Healthy Holidays Winter Club is set to kick off its festivities on 2 January 2024 with a special appearance by none other than the big man himself, Rasta Claus. Local Leeds musician, Cleve Freckleton, will transform into Rastafarian Santa, spreading love and the message that Christmas is not just for taking and receiving, but of how we can all ‘give a lickle back’, through an interactive storytelling experience.
The theme of the session will be based on Rasta Claus’ new book, The Story of Rasta Claus: Father Time and Mother Nature. The book highlights that riches were stolen from Mama Africa many years ago. In the session Rasta Claus encourages the children to give back using a small gold coin, symbolising the return of riches. This Exchange of Kindness teaches valuable lessons about the positive impact of good actions and their far-reaching possibilities, with Cleve commenting, “this time of year is not just about asking what the kids want for Christmas, but making them aware of how they can give back to those who are perhaps less fortunate.”
The concept of Rasta Claus was born in 2012, when Cleve, faced with the opportunity to portray Santa Claus at a Specialist School, decided to infuse a touch of cultural richness to this familiar character. Over the past ten years, Rasta Claus has evolved into a symbol of inclusivity, celebrating diversity during the festive season. This year, Rasta Claus will receive a colourful makeover, unveiling a brand-new suit to complement his reggae vibe.
Rasta Claus is not just confining his fabulous presence to local festivities. This year, he plans a trip to Manchester, extending his unique brand of festive fun to a wider audience. The Rasta Claus team have also just announced their new event, ‘Story Time with Rasta Claus,’ in celebration of the release of their new book. All event information and bookings can be found on the official website, www.rastaclaus.org.
Healthy Holidays Club is taking place from 2-5 January 2024. Apply now to catch up with Rasta Claus and enjoy a week of arts, crafts, and dance.