“Snow Many Surprises and 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 new communication device, Secret Santa by Margaret McNamara, The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll, Santa’s New Suit by Laura Rader and Olive, the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh.
Also, on Friday, December 1st, The Arc Classrooms had a Holiday Classroom Gingerbread Creations Contest. The goal was to make the most interesting and creative buildings out of gingerbread. I am very proud to say that my class won the first-place certificate! Our theme for our gingerbread creation of the three wise men and baby Jesus, “With a Message from Above, He Sends Us Love.”
Special thanks goes to the Upstairs Arc Staff Members, Ms. Jennifer F., (Development and Communications Coordinator) Ms. Brooke K. (Director of CSCM and Community Education) and Ms. Jessica M. (CSCM Case Manager) for being such sensational Holiday Classroom Gingerbread Creations Judges for 2017.
All of The Arc Participants and Staff Members worked really hard and were very proud of our Holiday Gingerbread Creations.
Snow made a rare appearance in San Antonio and Southwest Texas on Thursday, December 7th in the evening, blanketing everything from cars and homes to area roadways.
My mom and I went outside to play in the snow and take pictures. We had so much fun building a snowman that I named Olaf. I couldn’t help myself but to take a picture with my Queen Elsa light up wand that I got from the Disney on Ice’s Frozen Show. I was so happy to be able to see snow fall in San Antonio! We ended up with just shy of 1.9 inches on the ground, according to the National Weather Service. The last time that I saw snow falling, I was a very little girl in North Carolina.
On Friday, December 8th, The Arc of San Antonio and the USAA Insurance Company had a holiday pizza party where each Participant received their gift from an USAA employee. This year, I ask Disney’s 2016 Zootopia DVD. In a world populated by anthropomorphic mammals, Judy Hopps from rural Bunnyburrow fulfills her childhood dream of becoming a police officer in urban Zootopia. Despite being the academy valedictorian, Judy is delegated to parking duty by Chief Bogo, who doubts her potential because she is a rabbit.
I wore my reindeer antlers that are wrapped up with giant Christmas lights, my mom painted my nails green with multi-colored glitter so that they would look like Christmas trees, and I wore my brand new 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. Santa had a slice of his favorite kind of pizza: candy cane and pepperoni.
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.
On Friday, December 15th, my classroom went on an outing to The Magik Theatre (in downtown San Antonio) to go to see the stage play, I really liked this play! It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children named the Herdmans who were engaged in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, cussing, drinking jug wine, and shoplifting. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion. I love the final message of the play: Even though everyone is different, they can learn the true meaning of Christmas in their own way.
To finish out the month, on Tuesday, December 19th, we had a Holiday Dance and 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 got as an early Christmas gift last year. I loved choosing the holiday music for the dance especially from the Jackson 5 and Mariah Carey. Everyone had a gleeful day wearing their holiday apparel.
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 2018!
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