By Anna Deason
Artwork by Catherine Ferguson
It is that time of year again, everyone. That brief period of limbo between Thanksgiving Break and the winter holidays when every student is counting down the days until we can finally taste the sweet freedom of winter break. When school is out for a break, the last thought on any student’s mind should be classes or teachers, but I think we’ve all wondered at one point or another just what our teachers get up to over the holidays. Tatler asked some members of the beloved St. Mary’s faculty what they like about the holidays:
Dr. Lyon: “I probably enjoy Thanksgiving the most of all holidays because it is the only time of the year when my whole side of the family – parents and older brothers and their families – are together in one place,” Dr. Lyon says. The Lyon family meets every year at Kanuga retreat center in North Carolina to indulge in outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing, visiting the nearby town for obligatory Black Friday shopping and partaking in game nights at the retreat center. “It’s a bit old-timey, but it will surprise no one to hear that I love it all!”
Bielskis: Ms. Bielskis’ school breaks are spent with relaxation in mind – whether that means curling up with a good book, watching a movie or just hanging out, she always makes time for family, friends and food. “Not much to report,” Bielskis says, “and I think that that’s why I love it. It’s a pretty chill time. ”
Señora Walker: For Señora Walker, there is no better time of year than Christmas, and she says that this year is going to be extra special. “Our favorite tradition is baking cookies on Christmas Eve, and now Jane, our twenty-month-old granddaughter, will join in the fun,” she explains. She’s also looking forward to lunch on Christmas Day when dozens of extended family members will gather at the Walker house for a family meal followed by afternoon dessert. And Señora Walker’s says her holiday season is never complete without a visit to Shelby Farms to see the Starry Nights lightshow.
Señora Smalley: Señora Smalley’s holiday traditions are a little different. Her idea of typical Christmas-time weather is a balmy eighty degrees Fahrenheit, as is typical of December in Argentina. She recounts eating Christmas Eve dinner outside late at night and staying up until midnight to open gifts with her family. However, Señora Smalley’s favorite holiday tradition comes 12 days after Christmas on January 6th when the three wise men leave gifts for children. “We knew about Santa Claus,” Señora Smalley explains, “but our gifts were brought by the three wise men. January 6th is the more important day.”
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