Sparkling snowmen and snowwomen, cheeky little elves and winter wonderland scenes were just some of the designs that captured the festive spirit in the Mayor of Eastleigh's design a Christmas card competition.
But it was two bright and colourful pictures both featuring Father Christmas with his reindeer-driven sleigh that caught the eye of the judges and which will now be featured on Christmas cards sent out by Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Bruce Tennent, and Eastleigh Borough Council Chief Executive Officer Nick Tustian.
In a magical twist to the seasonal competition, the winning designs were created by seven-year-old twins Lwa Hewa Haji and Nwa Hewa Haji – neither of whom knew what the other sister had drawn and with the judging panel unaware of the connection when picking their favourite drawings.
Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Bruce Tennent, said:
“The primary role of the mayor is to act as an ambassador for the community and so it is with this thought in mind that I thought it would be a good idea to ask Norwood Primary School if they would like to submit a design for my official Christmas cards. To my delight, they accepted, but then came the difficult challenge to choose the winners.
“The standard of work was extremely high. I was particularly impressed by the creative talent and imagination in the entries. However, although they all evoked the spirit of Christmas, there was one which stood out for me, ever so slightly in front of the others. And there was one which stood out for our Chief Executive Nick Tustian.
“You can imagine our surprise when we found out that the winning designs, which were judged on the picture alone, were drawn by twin sisters!”
As a prize for winning the competition, the young sisters both received an Amazon voucher, a chocolate Father Christmas and a pack of the Christmas cards featuring their designs, which were presented to them by the Mayor at a special assembly at their school, Norwood Primary, Chamberlayne Road, on Monday (December 17).
The special Christmas cards will now be sent out to among others Civic Heads in Hampshire, past Mayors, Freemen, Citizens of Honour and to the civic offices of Eastleigh’s twin towns in Kornwestheim in Germany and Villeneuve-Saint-Georges in France.