Christmas around the world

When December rolls around, minds begin to become less crowded with worries about school and filled more with excitement and plans for winter break. Most often when break comes, students tend to think that teachers just stay at home for two weeks. However, for at least two of the teachers at the school, Christmas was spent abroad.

For cheer sponsor Alicia Upton, her Christmas break consisted of hopping on a plane straight to a tropical paradise. Upton spent two weeks in Nosare, Costa Rica visiting her parents who moved there last September after their retirement.

In Costa Rica, she had the opportunity to indulge in the beauty of another country during Christmas time. Upton got to experience the Rio Celeste and explore the nature of Costa Rica by hiking.

“It was so beautiful,” Upton said. “We saw water where these two rivers met with different mineral bases, and it made the water a beautiful turquoise color.”

Not only did Upton get to experience the tropical wonders of Costa Rica, but the different cultural traditions that they have for Christmas.

“Instead of a beautifully decorated evergreen Christmas tree sitting in the front window, people who live in Costa Rica decorate the palm trees outside of their homes.” Upton said.

Gift giving is also a Christmas tradition in Costa Rica, but it is not the same as here in the US.

“The kids here only get one present for Christmas, but my brother and I got two” Upton said.

Instead of experiencing the culture and environment of a tropical country, theater teacher Amanda Strickland got to adventure the magnificent city of London while visiting a friend from college.“Everywhere you turned there were lights and Christmas trees fully decorated!” Strickland said. “There are outdoor ice skating rinks everywhere plus a winter park called ‘Winter Wonderland.’ It was brilliant!”

During the seven days Strickland spent in London, she had the opportunity to visit the National Theatre to see the theater production of “The Light Princess.”

“It was by far one of the most amazing shows I have ever seen.” Strickland said.

Strickland also had the chance of meeting Rupert Grint, better known as Ron Weasley from “Harry Potter”, after seeing a show that he performed in.

“My Christmas vacation in London was amazing and absolutely wonderful,” said Strickland.

Needless to say, the thought that all teachers stay at home, deep in a pile of papers and essays to be graded can be put to rest. Not all teachers go somewhere extraordinary during school breaks, but to a student’s surprise, their teacher might just be a world traveller.


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