Christmas, and all that goes with it, is most definitely coming – and not soon enough for some of the younger members of the Stormont community! Today I was lucky enough to go swimming with Form 2, and was treated to impromptu renditions of ‘Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Last Christmas’ on the bus in both directions. The festive decorations that went up around the school on Monday (thank you SPA!) are now being added to by the girls in some of the Upper School classrooms – Forms 5, 6E and 6W have been making paper chains, something that takes me back to my own junior school days. Before the end of term we still have parties, carol-singing and Christmas Lunch to enjoy.
Amongst all of the fun it is important we remember the true story and message of Christmas. This week we had the joy of watching Lower School’s Nativity, with a cast of thousands both on stage and behind the scenes (the classroom, office, kitchen and caretaking staff all played their parts). Next week’s Carol Service at Christ Church for Upper School is another traditional event that brings us together to celebrate and reflect on what Christmas is really all about.
What is the message of Christmas for you? For everyone it is different, depending on your beliefs and traditions. For me, two classic films sum it up: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ – both filmed in black and white, but both full of the richness and colour of the Christmas message.
So whether you find yourself singing along to ‘Rudolf’ or ‘Last Christmas’, I have no doubt you will find that Christmas spirit is most definitely in the air!