Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
There are many reasons why I love this season; being a part of a school that happily celebrates the day when Jesus was born and the holiday inspired by giving is one of them. There are many things happening on campus in the next few weeks.
Chapels are a major part of our schedule here at New Life Christian High School. The last chapel of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, and its emphasis will be "Christmas comes to NLCS." Drama students will perform skits that depict the Nativity, and other students will share their vocal gifts by singing a few carols.
The Spanish class will sing its rendition of "Feliz Navidad," which is a favorite tradition each year. The chapel ends with a special message about the gift of Christmas.
While it is uncertain whether this event will have anything to do with Christmas, something math teacher Jill Lewallen is calling "Purple Nite" is Dec. 17. None of the students know what will happen at this event, but we are instructed to show up and wear purple.
The element of surprise is part of what will compel students to come. This, too, will be an exciting way to bring the student body together to partake in who-knows-what kind of activity. It could be anywhere from carving an animal out of soap to an arm-wrestling competition (which were some of the activities during September's "White Nite").
On Dec. 18, we will have our first junior high and high school combined party. The student council came up with the idea to have one big party in the gymnasium instead of each class doing individual parties all day. It will be something new, which I think will work out quite well.
Classes will be assigned food or desserts to bring for everyone; we will be playing games and end the minimum day by watching a Christmas movie.
I'm thankful that NLCS continues to create ways to build community within the student body.
The school also gets involved with the church that we share a campus with, New Life Assembly. Each class assembles a Christmas dinner food box; presents are also included. These boxes are distributed to families throughout our community the week before Christmas.
At the Dec. 27 night service, the NLCS guitar class will perform a song called "Canon in the Key of C." It is an arrangement with five electric guitars and 12 acoustic guitars. If you would like to see the result of weeks of practice, come see us play at 7 p.m.
With all the festivities here at NLCS this month, I hope we remember that Christmas can be more than chaos and enjoy this time we are given to spend with friends and family in this joyful season.
Haley Waters is a senior at New Life Christian High School. Her column appears about every sixth week in Education.