‘Tis the Season; Rocket Countdown to Christmas liftoff

McNicholas High School has launched into the Christmas spirit with upcoming events like “tacky” Christmas sweater day and listening to Christmas music in between classes, and receiving candy canes from St. Nick on Dec. 1. With the end of the semester and exams coming up, it’s easy to be stressed and forget about the important parts of the Christmas season: giving to others and spending time with loved ones. To help celebrate the season, follow this Countdown to Christmas with activities to remind you each day to enjoy all that the Christmas season has to offer.

Dec. 11: Don’t forget the reason for the season and try attending a Friday morning mass before school at 7 a.m. in the Convent Chapel. It’s also a free jeans day, so dress in spirit wear and come support the Rockets at the Men’s Basketball game against Badin with the Dance Ream performing at half time. The theme is a White Out Christmas.

Dec. 12: The City Flea comes to Washington Park for their Holidays Unwrapped from 5 to 10 p.m. Stop by and look for Christmas gifts, or head to Fountain Square to see Santa rappel down Macy’s at 6:30 and stay for ice skating and hot chocolate.

Dec. 13: Crack some eggs and fry some bacon to celebrate St. Lucy’s day with breakfast for the family. While cooking breakfast, bake a baker’s dozen of cookies today; 12 for Cooking Club’s cookie exchange (all are welcome!) and an extra one to share with a friend at lunch. Once done baking, go to the Cincinnati Observatory’s Holiday Event- Luminaria. Just like the shepherds and wise men watched the Star of Bethlehem, come and gaze at the stars from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dec. 14: The teachers at McNicholas High School do a lot to help their students. Show your appreciation by thanking all seven of your teachers after each class. Also, remember to bring in your cookies to Room 11. The cookie exchange happens right after school, so get there quick. Enjoy your cookies and share them with others.

Dec. 15: Before the stress of exams start tomorrow, take the time to thank the office staff, support staff, and lunch ladies for all that they do at McNick.

Dec. 16: To celebrate getting through the first three exams, visit Krohn Conservatory by Candlelight from 5-7:30 p.m. with family, friends, or even a study partner.

Dec. 17: Two more exams down and only two to go. Make dinner for your family tonight with the extra time from getting out of school early.

Dec. 18: It’s the last day of school before break, so don’t forget to bring in gifts for teachers and friends. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good break!

Dec. 19: Light up Christmas Break with friends and/or family by attending one of the many seasonal light events around town, like the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo or the Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods.

Dec. 20: Attend the The Taft Museum is free on Sundays.

Dec. 21: Visit a live manger today with your family. The Krohn Conservatory has a live manger as well as the Village of Indian Hill and the Creation Museum. Niederman Farm also has a walk-through Biblical Christmas which is free, and the Comboni Missionaries have their annual Nativity Experience.

Dec. 22: Stay in with your family today to watch a classic Christmas movie marathon. Enjoy hot cocoa and popcorn while picking your favorite Christmas movies to watch. Netflix, Amazon, and Redbox carry enough choices to satisfy everyone’s Christmas movie tastes.

Dec. 23: It’s almost time to wrap up the Christmas season, so don’t forget to get your presents ready and underneath the Christmas tree. Once you’re done,  head to Newport on the Levee for dinner and their BRICKmas Holiday Display.

Dec. 24: Don’t forget to leave cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve before attending midnight mass your family.

Dec. 25: Merry Christmas to all members of the McNicholas family. Enjoy the day with your family and loved ones.



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Throughout McNicholas High School, students prepare for the Christmas season. Student Council members organized a Gifts for Hope drive where students brought in boxes of toys and personal items for kids in need.


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