Monthly Archives: January 2015

An Interview With a Santa’s Anonymous Deliverer

This week I had a chance to sit down (at my computer) with Nicole Anton, one of the Santa’s Anonymous Elves.

For those of you who don’t know, Santa’s Anonymous works tirelessly until Christmas arrives, raising money through a variety of events, including the Pumpkin Sale, the Famine, and the Pancake Breakfast. The fruits of their labour were displayed during the Christmas Mass- piles upon piles of food, presents, and the household necessities that families in need require for the Christmas season.

In interviewing Nicole, I learned a couple of things:

  1. The experience was fantastic. You didn’t even need to be a member of Santa’s Anonymous to get involved. For example, those who raised money with the Famine experienced not only hunger, but also camaraderie and compassion for those who didn’t have enough to eat this Holiday Season. The pumpkin sale was a lot of fun as well, and was an event I was lucky enough to experience. Standing on a curb, a sign in hand, and surrounded by friends is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday morning. Those who were involved in the pumpkin sale left it with laughter and joy filling their hearts. Both of these events not only included incredible experiences, but they also raised money for a worthwhile cause.
  2. About forty families received a Christmas Hamper this year. That’s right. 4-0. Forty families received the gift of Christmas through these hampers, and it wouldn’t have been possible without all the donations received and the tireless volunteers who worked until the end in order to create and deliver them.
  3. The feeling of being able to deliver these hampers was indescribable. Those who were delivered to were incredibly thankful, including one lady who could not believe the great masses of food that the Santa’s Anonymous Elves were bringing to her door.

Santa’s Anonymous will run again next year, and if you would like to experience all of the wonderful content described above, I would recommend giving it a shot!

Thanks to Nicole for her wonderful input, and I hope you are having a fantastic week!

– Kyra

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Kyra Nicolacoupolos is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. She enjoys reading, writing, and petting small animals. Her favourite thing about CCH is being a member of Student Council.

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The Feast of Epiphany

Christmas and New Year’s are behind us, and the only thing Santa seems to have brought us is a turkey allergy. If you haven’t acquired a strong dislike to food yet, there is one more day to celebrate before we return to our normal lives: Epiphany.

Epiphany is a Christian holiday, celebrated on the 6th of January, which commemorates the visit by the Three Kings: Balthasar, Melchior and Gaspar, to the infant Jesus. You may recall the popular Christmas carol “We Three Kings”. Also called the Twelfth Day of Christmas, this feast day was first observed in AD 194, making it older than Christmas (AD 354). Many rites are linked to this celebration. Epiphany is customarily the time when the date of Easter is announced, because calendars were not available to everyone. In central Europe, priests bless houses and churches with Epiphany water. In Eastern Christian churches, a special ceremony is organized, called the Blessing of the Water, in which a priest blesses a body of water by throwing a cross into it. Volunteers are allowed to retrieve the cross to receive a special blessing for the year.

Although not a very popular feast in Canada and the United States, Epiphany is celebrated with a wide array of national customs in other countries. In France and Belgium, it is a time for family, friends and coworkers to eat the “king’s cake”, which contains a special charm, often a small figurine. The youngest person at the table cuts the cake into servings, and the person who finds the charm in his or her serving is named king or queen and wears a paper crown for the rest of the day. These celebrations continue well into February, finishing on Mardi Gras. In Spain and Latin-American countries, cities celebrate Epiphany with parades depicting the arrival of the Three Kings. Following this, children will leave their polished shoes ready for the Three Kings’ presents before going to bed, alongside grass for the camels and milk for the Kings. In Germanic countries, such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, groups of four children called Sternsinger (star singers) travel from house to house to sing carols. They are usually composed of four girls, three depicting the Kings and one representing a star. They are offered treats, and will bless the house in return. Traditionally, the German Chancellor and the Parliament also receive a visit from the star singers.

At CCH, we celebrate Epiphany with the annual blessing of the classroom doors. With specially blessed chalk, each class inscribes the new year along with the initials “J,M,J” symbolizing the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary and Joseph).

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There’s nothing stopping you from celebrating this important event on your own. Start baking Three Kings cake, leave your shoes in hope for a small treat and sing from door to door dressed as one of the Three Kings. Happy Epiphany!

– Quentin

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Quentin Golsteyn is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. When he is not working on his latest experiment as an evil scientist, he enjoys biking, playing piano, and programming. HIs favourite thing about CCH is the incredible school spirit.

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