One Last Look at Christmas, 2015

I am in the midst of putting away my Christmas decorations, but I’ve come to a place where I can’t go on without help from the men folk and so must pause.  I’ve been thinking this week about the year that is passing–evaluating goals, taking note of lessons learned, getting my lists together for my traditional end-of-the-year posts.  Before I let Christmas go completely, though, I wanted to take time for a Christmas post I missed–the annual decking of the halls by the senior class.  My blogging has really taken a hit lately, but some things should not be skipped over.

I really cannot say enough about the Class of 2016.  They are bright, thoughtful, thorough, and creative.  They have read everything I have asked them to read and discussed it all with enthusiasm.  I copied this quote from Plato into my Commonplace book last night:  “All learning which is acquired under compulsion has no hold upon the mind.”  That quote made me think about my seniors.  They don’t do their school work because it is compulsory, they do it because they WANT to learn, and therefore, they do learn–WELL!  This makes my life a joy, and I am grateful.

Not surprisingly, their Christmas decorating was fun and extremely creative.  The last few days before Christmas break move slowly and are often difficult.  The seniors gave us a little early Christmas joy.  Their theme was Christmas movies!

The stairwell leading to the Rhetoric hallway was full of movie posters showing us what was “playing.”  At the top of the stairs was a friendly greeting:


The hallway was strung with lights and red and green streamers.


Each classroom was decorated for a different Christmas movie.  Mine was Polar Express!  From the message on the white board,


to the punched tickets on each desk


to the working train around the decorated Christmas tree in the middle of my room and the cocoa station set up in the corner, great attention to detail was displayed.


Other rooms and other movies were A Christmas Carol–complete with ghosts and chains…IMG_1497


How the Grinch Stole Christmas–in which the room had been emptied except for one Christmas ball in the center of the floor,



and Home Alone–including hanging paint cans and what else–an iron!



Then there was the darker side:  The Nightmare Before Christmas,


and, my personal favorite, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.


They also did A Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, and A Christmas Story.

Thank you, Class of  2016, for a fun and creative decking of the halls.  Even better news is that they cleaned it all up before we went home on the last day!  As we move toward the second half of the year and all of the work, stress, and accomplishment that is Senior Thesis, I know that we will come out on the other side with joy and love and laughter. Here we go!


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