Season’s Greetings with Santa!

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“Season’s Greetings with Santa!”

 Hi, it’s me, Tameka.  This is my favorite time of the year to attend The Arc! I love all of the Classroom holiday activities and celebrations. I love making all of the certificates that will be awarded to The Arc’s classrooms during the holiday decoration contests. I read my favorite holiday books to my fellow Arc Participants with my communication device, Secret Santa by Margaret McNamara, The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll, Santa’s New Suit by Laura Rader and 12 Little Elves Visit Texas by Jess Smart Smiley.

On Friday, November 30th, we had a Holiday Classroom Gingerbread Creations Contest.

The First Place Certificate for the most Scrumptiously Smart and Deliciously Delightful gingerbread creation was awarded to Classroom 10 (The Arc’s V.I.P. Participants.)

Their decoration theme was, “Extreme Makeover: Gingerbread Holiday Edition.”

The Second Place Certificate for the most Majestically Merry and Magical and Spellbindingly Seasonal was awarded to Leap Classroom 1. Their decoration theme was, “The Red Roof Gingerbread Inn.” The Third Place Certificate for the most  Fantastically Funny and Amazingly Amusing awarded to Leap Classroom 2. Their decoration theme was, “Snoopy’s Sleepy Snowy Christmas.”    The Honorable Mention Certificate for the most Jovially Jolly or Creatively Cheerful was awarded to Leap Classroom 3. Their decoration theme was, The Candy Cottage in the Woods.”

Our gingerbread creation theme was, The Sights and Delights of the Holiday Season.” I read the books, Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup and The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst.

Special thanks goes to the Upstairs Arc Staff Members, Tina C., (Family Support Services Coordinator)  Lauren S. (CSCM Case Manager) and Lucy O. (CSCM Case Manager) for being such sensational Holiday Classroom Gingerbread Creations Judges for 2018.                

All of The Arc other Participants, myself and the Staff Members worked really hard and were very proud of their Holiday Gingerbread Creations. 

 On Thursday, December 13th, we had a Holiday Classroom Door Decorating Contest.  The First Place Certificate was awarded to Classroom 5. Their classroom door decoration theme was “Where is Charlie Brown?”  The Second Place Certificate was awarded to Classroom 12. Their class door decoration theme was “Santa’s Reindeer Barn.”  The Third Place Certificate was awarded to Classroom 10 (The Arc’s V.I.P. Participants.) Their class door decoration theme was “Let it Snow. The Honorable Mention Certificate was awarded to Classroom 1. Their class door decoration theme was “Oh, Starry Christmas Tree.”

Our classroom (The Arc’s Press Club) theme was “Merry Grinchmas.” Our classroom door was covered with a giant picture of the Dr. Suess’ character, the Grinch’s  face with a Santa hat and a gift tag, saying, “From the original Grinch. Jim Carey and Bennedict Cummerbatch are not needed!” Our door decoration and the gift tag was my idea. I feel like the newer movies of Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (starring Jim Carey in 2000 and Bennedict Cummerbatch in 2018) are unnecessary.

Special thanks goes to Arc Staff Members, Allison C., (Director of Community Services Case Management) Lauren S., (Community Services Case Manager) and Tina C. (Family Support Services Coordinator) for being such amazing Classroom Holiday Door judges.

 All of The Arc other Participants, myself and the Staff Members worked really hard and were very proud of their Holiday Door Decorations.

On Friday, December 14th, The Arc of San Antonio and the USAA Insurance Company had a holiday party where each Participant received their gift from an USAA employee. This year, I ask for the 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 DVD.  In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Guardians travel throughout the cosmos as they help Peter Quill learn more about his mysterious parentage.

I wore my reindeer antlers that are wrapped up with Christmas bells, my mom painted my nails green with multi-colored glitter so that they would look like Christmas trees, and I wore my red Santa Claus suit sweater that my mother bought as one of my Christmas gifts. Even Santa Claus took time away from getting ready at the North Pole to attend the party.

Every year, an USAA employee will buy a Participant a holiday gift that he or she has wished for. The Arc of San Antonio is so thankful to the company of USAA, its employees and Santa Claus for making the holiday season, very jolly.

To finish out the month, on Wednesday, December 19th, we wore our favorite seasonal sweaters and shirts to celebrate the holiday season. I wore my new green Snoopy shirt (Snoopy is tangled up in Christmas lights) that I loved choosing the holiday music for the dance especially from the Everyone had a gleeful day wearing their holiday apparel.

 I want to thank everyone who has read my blog all year long. I truly appreciate every one of you. You have to shared in my triumphs and I am so happy that you were with me on my journey throughout the year at The Arc. San Antonio’s three-hundredth anniversary year turned out to be great!

So, that was the delightful month of December for The Arc Participants.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

I hope you and your family will have a great and safe holiday season and a nifty New Year celebration.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone and I’ll see you in 2019!

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