'Twas the Week Before Christmas at Episcopal Day

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and as the sun rose on Episcopal Day, not a creature was stirring, except for the tiny hands at play.

Pre-Kindergarten students rolled out their dough, and garnished with sprinkles two gingerbread aglow.

The children placed the gingerbread into the oven. But soon they heard a noise, all of a sudden.

The gingerbread pushed and had pulled until the oven door came ajar. And they ran from Charles House to Baldwin campus, which was not very far!

The children all searched very high and very low, but the gingerbread went to St. Matthew’s Church, little did they know! 

The gingerbread people sat tall in the pew, just behind the students, and out of their view! 

Ms. Sampta played the piano, and the children sang holiday songs. Just before the gingerbread were spotted, the Church bells rang “ding-dong!” 

5th through 8th grade choir swayed to the merry beat, as they sang Deck the Halls, and Let it Snow, at The Regent across the street. 

Not to be seen, the gingerbread people ran! Back to Baldwin - Catch me if you can! 

They giggled with glee, as they skipped through the halls - Christmas decorations covering the walls.

Into the classrooms, the gingerbread peeked, to see students dressed as their favorite characters during Spirit Week.

On Wednesday, the students cuddled up in fuzzy pajama knickers, spending time with their school families, all while wearing their slippers.

They giggled and cheered as they watched Charlie Brown, singing songs with Snoopy - not one frown to be found! 

And it wasn’t just children enjoying good cheer throughout the week. 

Teachers and staff snuck and they sneaked, delivering gifts as Secret Santa - don’t peek!

And just before the week came to a close, another dose of holiday cheer arose.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarden students alike, performed the story of The Birth of Jesus on Christmas night. 

They were dressed as Mary, Joseph, and adorable animals too. Telling a beautiful story of faith anew. 

The gingerbread people smiled, as they enjoyed school festivities. They attended the Christmas Pageant, Christmas Chapel, and lot’s of fun activities. 

Those sly gingerbread snuck back into the oven at Charles House, making no noise at all, as quiet as a mouse!

As the sweet smell of gingerbread floated through the air, the children jumped to their feet, straight out of their chair!

Their feet clattered to the kitchen, to retrieve a yummy holiday treat. Their gingerbread friends had returned, and oh my, did they taste sweet! 

Lower School and Middle School students filled their backpacks with holiday cheer, and headed home to their families, to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year.

That evening, Mr. Wales stood on Baldwin Avenue, to offer good cheer, and wish students, parents, faculty, and staff a lovely holiday and Happy New Year.

And I heard Mr. Wales exclaim as cars drove out of sight.
“Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night!” 

Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew

16 Baldwin Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401

The Episcopal Church of Saint Matthew

1 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401

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