Santa visits early in the quad


Izzy Mitchell

Students posed with Santa in their holiday sweaters at last year’s holiday event.

Maya O'Sullivan, Staff Writer

Santa is scheduled to make an early Christmas visit for Carlmont students in the quad on Dec. 15.

This event will conclude the Holiday Village, a week full of holiday-themed events in the spirit of Christmas, Hanukkahand other religious traditions.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) has worked to create a Holiday Week that celebrates as many religious traditions as possible.

“For all of the events that we’ve been doing, we have tried to make them religiously neutral. We will have the Star of David stencils to put on the Christmas tree and a Hanukkah cut out frame,” said Zahra Haider, a sophomore and Spirit-Hype Commissioner.

ASB has been preparing for the Santa in the quad event for about a month and since they already had the costumes, all they needed to find were people to dress up.

Since seniors have priority when choosing positions, all of the students dressing up are seniors. Brock Lotti will be dressed up as Santa, Tyrese Lopez as a reindeer, and Salma Sebt and Amy Yolland will be the elves.

The Holiday Village takes place during dead week, which is the week before finals and the end of the semester. The purpose of this is to create a stress-free environment for students to relieve the anxiety from finals.

“[Santa in the quad] gives everyone something to help them relax about finals and spread the holiday cheer around. You take pictures with Santa and his elves and reindeer with your friends and your sweaters,” Haider said.

Santa in the quad takes place the same day as Ugly Sweater Day, where all students wear ugly holiday sweaters to school.

ASB has been preparing for the most important aspects of the Holiday Village for the past week.

“The most important things we are doing right now are bringing in a snow machine, setting up the backdrop, and getting someone to take pictures,” said Dagny Klieman, a sophomore and Spirit-Hype Commissioner.

A number of students look forward to the Holiday Week as an opportunity to de-stress during finals and prepare for the holiday season.

Tia Papapietro, a sophomore, said, “I am so excited for Holiday Week in general but especially Santa in the quad.”

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