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Helene Miller, junior at STE, makes snowflakes to decorate her homeroom.
Despite things looking a little different this year, St. Thomas’ Episcopal is in the holiday spirit with Operation Christmas Child, Christmas spirit week, holiday concerts, homeroom decoration contests, and Christmas parties.
Students at STE are participating in the annual homeroom decoration contest. Each homeroom brings in Christmas trees, lights, ornaments, stockings, hand-decorated Christmas villages, paper snowflakes, giant Christmas bears, festive wrapping paper, and garlands to make their homerooms festive for the holiday season. The homeroom winner of the competition wins a spirit wear day.
A new way that STE is keeping spirits bright this year is with Christmas spirit week. The week before Christmas break, each day has a different theme. Santa’s workshop, Christmas color day, in the spirit day, and ugly sweater day are the themes for this year.
To spread the joy of Christmas to children around the world, STE students participate in Operation Christmas Child. Even though there was a different twist on it this year with students packing their own boxes from home, over 130 boxes were sent out. A big thank you to Hope Club for helping put this on!
One thing that is different this year is the high school choir and orchestra’s Christmas concert. The concert will be held virtually this year, so parents, alumni, and friends can see what the choir and orchestra have been working on and catch some Christmas cheer. In some ways the concert will be much simpler with no venue, faces, concert attire, or in-person audience, but we are still grateful that this STE Christmas tradition will continue.
High school choir director Nancy Crownover said, “I’m excited that I have such great students in the choir that are wonderful people, wonderful singers, and enthusiastic about singing, and that we actually get to do a concert!”
Even though some things are different, we are still thankful that many of our traditions remain the same.