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Post Oak student Leila Lopez Marks holding her Secret Santa gift.
Every year, to celebrate the holidays and show appreciation for the community, the students and staff at the Post Oak High School partake in the holiday tradition of Secret Santa. Last year, unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this fun holiday tradition could not take place. However, with everyone back in-person at the high school campus this year, the tradition was able to resume. For everyone, this is an especially exciting time of the year, not only because of the imminent much-needed break from school, but also to have a chance to partake in this pre-holiday activity.
This year, the Secret Santa exchange was organized by senior Josey Gregg. Students were given the budget and asked to fill out some facts about themselves so their Secret Santa would be able to get them the perfect gift. Although there were a few hiccups when organizing the event and pairing students, eventually everything was sorted out and all there was left to do was buy the gifts.
The big gift exchange was set for the second-to-last day of school, and the morning of, students piled in with festive bags and beautifully-wrapped boxes. I was especially excited upon seeing all of the gifts, as I was curious to see what everyone had gotten. The exchange was set for just after lunch, before the afternoon classes. As students piled into the commons to exchange and open gifts, I saw several looks of excitement.
Then, the big moment came when everyone began exchanging gifts. As the exchange was occurring, I heard several happy comments, with one student in particular being very happy to have received yarn for knitting and crocheting. Another student, a junior at the high school, who I was tasked with getting a gift for, came up to me and thanked me profusely for the root beer I had bought him.
All in all, this year’s Secret Santa exchange at Post Oak was a huge success. This was especially nice to see, considering students and teachers alike have had to deal with another difficult year of masking at school and social distancing in honor of the Covid-19 protocols. Hopefully this tradition can continue for many more holiday seasons to come.