Government popularity may be falling but a team from the administration found itself on the right tracks last night. The undersecretaries and political assistants spent a festive evening aboard a tram with 20 primary school children to celebrate Christmas. 'We want to bring them love and warmth in this blessed season,' said Undersecretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So Kam-leung, a devout Christian who initiated the event. The carolling party was the first time the political appointees had jointly organised a public function since their posts were created in July. The team hoped that such an event could be held annually. Donning Santa hats at the Happy Valley tram terminus after finishing work, the officials brought hampers and gifts, a welcome sight for the children in the cool weather. 'Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming,' shouted Stephen Selby, director of intellectual property, the only civil servant playing the role of an expatriate Father Christmas. Some of the undersecretaries and political assistants, under the leadership of their 'prefect', Undersecretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen, played their parts according to their portfolios. 'I booked the tram and transported the hampers from the office in my car because I deal with transport,' said Undersecretary for Transport Yau Shing-mu. Katherine Ng Kit-shuen, political assistant to the secretary for financial services and the treasury, who said her expertise was in cooking, on top of money matters, took with her some homemade cookies, along with her husband and two sons. But with many people still unfamiliar with the new government team, one official who took part in the event said: 'Most likely people on the street think we are some sort of salesmen doing a Christmas promotion.' So did the children know who the Santas were? 'Er...I don't...ministers? asked one girl, before adding: 'I like Santa.'