Ten Reasons We Know It's Close To Christmas
Ten reasons we know it's getting close to Christmas ...
- The chapel, always a beautiful and holy and peaceful place, is decorated for the holidays. There is an Advent prayer service to start the day each school day for students, faculty and staff, a time to prepare hearts and minds.
- The Home & School Association filled hundreds of goodie bags for the students as they prepared for final exams, which started Monday. The bags were handed out on Friday. "Good luck with your exams! We hope you enjoy your Christmas holiday!" read the message inside the bag that had candy and a Xavier holder that, for one thing, could attach to a cell phone to hold an ID.
- The Xavier Christmas Concert & Art Show has come and gone. The artwork remained in the lobby for a few days. The music remained in our head. Kudos to art teacher Jayne Vitale and all of our artists and to music teacher Erik Elligers and all of our musicians. This year the audience was invited to sing along to various holiday favorites at the end. A good time was had by all. The concert for the public was Tuesday night, and that afternoon there was a prayer service and concert preview for the students.
- Spanish teacher Tracy Costa was seen decorating doors with gift wrap and wreaths, just a nice touch to get one in the holiday mood. World religion teacher Jim Tyrol's door and bulletin board were festive, too. Just about everywhere you turned in the building, there were decorations as the faculty and staff showed its spirit.
- The nativity scene was set up in front of the school by Mike Schinas, Director of Grounds. Whether it is day, such as last Thursday when it was set against a blue sky with snow on the roof; or night, when it is lit up; it brings to mind the reason for the season.
- Ugly Christmas sweater day was Friday. And, yes, there were some ugly sweaters. The ugly Christmas sweater trend seemingly continues to grow with parties surrounding them as well as numerous places to find them, especially on line.
- The National Honor Society is finishing up the drive to collect money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The goal of $3,000 will be surpassed. The St. Jude's mission statement: "To advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay."
- Preparations were being made for the Arthur M. Kohs Basketball Classic, the annual two-day event at Xavier that benefits the Kohs Scholarship Fund. It's two days, four games, On Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, a great way for a sport fan to spend some time after Christmas.
- Advent messages come our way from the Diocese of Norwich. Before the third Sunday of Advent came one on joy that read in part: The source of our joy is not in what we have, rather it lies in "Emmanuel," the name which means "God is with us" (Matt. 1:23).
- Starting next week, with the students on Christmas break, it gets quiet here. We have our own version of some famous lines: "Twas the week of Christmas, when all through the building Not a student was stirring ..."