Christmas Spirit at McNicholas

Christmas is a special time around McNicholas High School celebrated with daily themes, lights up around in hallways and Christmas décor all over. Teachers play Christmas music all day to get all the Rockets into a festive mood. One of the perks of being a student at McNicholas is the holiday spirit in the school. 

The hallway with all the lights Math Teacher, Ashley Brothers helps put up every year. Technology Teacher, Barb Gillming also has Christmas music playing down the hall for all to hear. 

The themes for this week are PJs, flannels, freshman and sophomores wear green while juniors and seniors wear red and Friday was ugly sweaters. Sophomore, Jack Kelly has enjoyed the daily themes stating, “I really like the ugly sweeter because it’s funny to see them all when walking through the halls.”  

Freshman, Juliana Ravas states about the themes for this week, “that they were fun, I like the green and red on Wednesday I thought it was cool to see the difference.”  

The week before Christmas break becomes slow because of all the eagerness and excitement for break and students and teachers just want to be on break and have a reset for the next semester.  

The Rockets shared their Christmas traditions, some of the unique ones being junior, Sierra Mangrum who said, “we dropkick the bread.” And freshman, Alex Stewart said he has Chinese food for dinner. History Teacher, Shawn Young said, “our family has always played a pool tournament on Christmas Eve, back in the day it would go until 2 in the morning.” 

McNicholas student at lunch on juniors/seniors where red and sophomores/freshman where green 

Sarah Nestheide, Visual Arts teacher said, “I adore everything about the Christmas season, but the tradition that means the most to me is sitting around the kitchen table eating snacks and playing board and card games – the sillier the better. Balderdash, Catchphrase, Rummy – they have all been the cause of laughing till I cried. Having generations of my family come together to have ridiculous fun is something I will cherish forever. Even after they are gone, that laughter brings their spirit back.”  

Julian Dos Anjos states that during his holiday break he looks forward to “…just spending time with family is all you really need… that’s what I think.” Harper Peavley says, “I’m looking forward to sleeping in and waking up for Christmas day.” 

This time of year, McNicolas is fun and entertains the staff and students. Merry Charismas and happy new year to all and we will be back after break!  


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