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St. Margaret’s Community Gathers to Celebrate Advent and the Christmas Season

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By Susan Cramm, PTF Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Co-Chair

Last Sunday, the Fountain Courtyard was transformed into a quintessential small town square in celebration of Advent, a cherished time when Christians look forward to the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Every year at Christmastime, the St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church hosts its annual Advent dinner. Open to all who wish to attend, the dinner is a wonderful evening of fellowship and feasting. This year, more than 150 guests enjoyed a delicious meal in a beautifully decorated Sillers Hall. Members of the Church lovingly prepared the feast, with Father Rob and his team grilling delicious tri-trip.

After dinner, the guests spilled out into the courtyard and were joined by other members of the St. Margaret’s community. Even though rain threatened, more than 175 St. Margaret’s Episcopal School family and friends surrounded the 20-foot Christmas tree, bejeweled with thousands of lights and ornaments. Father Earl promised that the skies would clear, and true to his word, the evening was cool and crisp, but dry, for the duration of the two-hour event.

While waiting for the lighting of the tree, guests mixed, mingled, and munched on home-baked cookies and cocoa. As the time drew near, Chaplain Heather Erickson opened in prayer, noting that the anxious anticipation of the tree lighting parallels the excitement felt by many as they await the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Parent Teacher Fellowship President Janet Mitchell welcomed all who came and led the countdown.

As is true every year, there was a brief moment of suspense when all who gathered held their breath until the lights appeared. Then, as the courtyard reflected the glittering lights and a collective chorus of oohs and aahs filled the air, everyone felt the magic of this very special season.

With the lights aglow, Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut welcomed everyone and Lower School Religion and Music teacher Diane Hawkins, Director of Choral Music Stacey Miles and Preschool and Lower School Music and Choir teacher Susan Remsberg led more than 100 singers from St. Margaret’s Pipers Choir and Highlander Choral in a beautiful selection of Christmas songs and enlisted everyone’s participation in caroling.

As the caroling wound up, Santa and his elves joined in the party. Before Santa sat down in his new fancy chair to spend time with the children, he read a letter from a “boy” named Marcus, who was interested in gifts that would keep him warm in Maine and a job as a Santa assistant since he would have more time available after the school year was over and he retired. Many thanks to Upper School Principal Tony Jordan and his three elves.

The PTF would like to also thank Marina Goffredo and Susan Cramm, who chaired the event and supplied the special Christmas touches to the buffet of 75 dozen parent-baked cookies and 10 gallons of cocoa. Additionally, thank you to Building and Grounds Manager Edgar Barriga and his fantastic crew for erecting the magnificent Christmas tree and Technology Support Specialist Ryan Hubers who set-up the audio and technical necessities for the evening. Thank you to the Church and the school community for making this evening a sweet, low-key reminder of what is so special about St. Margaret’s and this time of the year.





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