By: Kylee McDonald, Sophia Lopez, and Marissa Mitchell
DEC 22 2016
In the movie Elf, Buddy the Elf always applies “The Code of Elves” to his life. Of the codes, the most important says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” On Friday, December 16, the students and faculty of Saint Thomas Aquinas (STA) gathered in the gym to take Buddy’s advice.
On this one afternoon, every STA Raider assembled in the gym at the same time to celebrate the Christmas season. Monsignor Kelly, who hosted the occasion, said “Forty years ago, instead of just having a Christmas dismissal, we brought all the students together to sing some hymns and celebrate what this season is all about.” And it has been tradition ever since. The sing-along brought joy, cheer, and happiness to the STA family and served as a reminder of the real reason for the season. Monsignor Kelly told the attendees to “… consider why we’re here and keep in perspective the focus on the Lord.” The Christmas season is a time to celebrate not only togetherness and joy, but also the coming of Christ.
While focusing on the real reason for the season, the event also generated excitement with holiday medleys sung by each grade level. Junior Kelly Woodson sang a beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night,” and the gym exploded with cheers. Then senior Timothy Lincoln read the Nativity Story according to the Gospel of Luke. The song and gospel story reminded students to reflect on the feast of Christ’s birth.
Spreading Christmas cheer started with both faculty and students singing “Silent Night.” Then, the teachers and faculty had the chance to show off their vocal skills by singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Joy to the World,” as Monsignor Kelly passed around the microphone to make sure everyone was heard. The freshmen class sang “Jingle Bells,” and the sophomores sang “Deck the Halls.” Before the juniors and seniors sang, Monsignor Kelly announced the winners of the faculty’s Christmas Sweater Competition. Mrs. Lowe and Mrs. Dieffenbacher tied as the winners of the “most original” sweater category, while Mrs. Mingarelli won the “most colorful” sweater and Miss Deutschmann won the “ugliest” sweater. After the winners were announced, the juniors stood up and sang “Frosty the Snowman.” Then, for their very last time, the seniors joined in a rousing chorus of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
After a visit from Santa Claus and his elves, the Annual Christmas Sing-a-Long ended with everyone singing “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Christmas cheer, joy, and love spread through the gym, all because Raiders sang “ loud for all to hear.”