Christmas Comes Early at School

We have been busy with several Christmas activities even though it’s not even Advent yet. Of course, everyone’s already excited!

First, we decorated a tree for the Festival of Trees. Our preschoolers made all kinds of ornaments for it. Although we didn’t go to see the Festival as a class, several kids went with their families. Callie’s mom even took a picture!

We also helped create a float for the East Moline Lighted Christmas Parade. Ours was exactly what you’d expect from a Catholic academy: it was a manger scene. Andy Neece, one of our fabulous parents, helped create it and even pulled it. Our 7th and 8th graders dressed as nativity characters. And the whole school walked behind the float. Wow! It turned out great!

This was a new experience for me, as I never helped create or participate in a float in high school. In fact, the only parades I ever marched in were during marching band at Wahlert High School in Dubuque. This was great fun!

We won’t begin to celebrate the “Christmas Season” at Sr. Mary Monastery until Advent is nearly over. We really concentrate on the beauty of the Advent season, the waiting, the pondering. But I have to say, the kid in me is jumping for joy at school these days. 🙂

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