3 purple lies

The last day of Christmas....

I really feel blessed to work in a Catholic school, especially during the Christmas season.  We have daily morning prayers around our advent candle- which is a different way to get a little bit closer with the students. I am also lucky this year to have two great groups that I have grown to love.

Christmas is busy in a school: hampers and concerts and exams and cramming things in before the rush to finals after the break.  It's so easy to get caught up in all the extras that we can lose sight of the reason of our celebrations.  I was perfectly reminded of this by a lovely post from my good friend, Alynne. Alynne will surprise you with sly humour one minute, sincere and genuine thoughtful texts the next or a profound post that you've been trying the say, but couldn't find the words.  That's what I love about her.

Anyway, my point is that at school we also need to remember to celebrate our achievements and tomorrow is going to be that day for me....
My second and third periods are a grade nine "transition" group, meaning that we're "transitioning" them into high school with more same teacher contact.  So I teach them two periods all year.  It works well- especially when you have a great group.
Normally, on the last day we'd watch a Christmas movie, maybe do a little activity, or do some work...but this year is different and I've come to realize that we also must remember to celebrate and rejoice together.  It is Christmas, after all.  So last night I quickly put together a Minute to Win it for the classroom, using objects that I already had around the house.  I think the kids will love it and I am pretty sure that I will have a blast watching them.  I even put a video at the end that I think they'll get a kick out of (one of the students in my class performed this dance for us earlier this year).  This is the craftiest I've got since the year I wrapped individual presents for my Grade 12s.  I think I may even use this Minute to Win it game with my family over New Year's Eve.

So remember to take some time and rejoice this Christmas.  Celebrate and enjoy the moments.  Love the special people in your life and have a safe holidays!

Merry Christmas, from our family to yours.


  1. Thank you for the kind words Deena. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May Christmas day fill your hearts with love and your bellies with loving memories through your Grandmas' pizza buns!


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