Wow! What a surprise! Santa came to visit Thursday afternoon. The preschoolers were very excited to see him.
After weeks of practice, our preschoolers were finally able to perform for family and friends along with the entire Epiphany School. Preschool led the program with a nativity play and then sang two songs. Kindergarten through eighth grade then performed. Finally, the entire school sang an amazing rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"!
Check out some pictures from the fun night:
Once again, Epiphany students are participating in Christmas Around the World activities. Preschool's country is Sweden. People in Sweden celebrate Santa Lucia day as a way to kick-off the Christmas celebrations. Young girls wear wreaths on their head with candles to symbolize the end of the long, dark days of winter and the beginning of longer, light-filled days. In Sweden, younger brothers wear a cone-shaped hat covered in stars to assist his big sister in her Santa Lucia duties. We made Santa Lucia wreath hats for the girls and Star Boy hats for the boys. Students did a coloring page featuring Santa Lucia and Star Boy. And, the students worked together to make a paper garland using the colors of Sweden's flag: blue and yellow.
Already, there are signs of Christmas in our classroom. Our little tree has been placed in the Dramatic Play center. Students have the option of playing with our Nativity set in the Christmas Center. And, there are some new Christmasy art projects hanging in our classroom.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.