I’ve been busy helping my friend Santa Hawk with his big toy drive so it’s been a while since my last blog post. The Xaverian community came together yesterday to celebrate the annual Christmas prayer service and sing-along. As any Hawk will tell you, it’s one of the best days of the year at Xaverian.
The prayer service includes a blessing over the toys we collected during the Santa Hawk Toy Drive (Santa Hawk says thank you, and has headed back to the North Pole to help with Santa’s big day), and reflections from members of the Xaverian community on what Christmas means to them. This year featured reflections from Mr. Cavanaugh, Mr. Dacey, and Jackson Lawlor.
After the service had concluded, it was time for the annual Christmas sing-along. You haven’t felt the Christmas spirit until you’ve heard a Xaverian rendition of Jingle Bells, Rudolph, and the highly anticipated 12 Days of Christmas.
Over 100 alumni showed up for this year’s celebration, and following the sing-along, they all headed over to the Bisson foyer for the annual Hawks in College reception. It was great to catch up with these recent grads, and see them reconnect with our current students and teachers. A few of the Notre Dame guys kept talking about a big football game coming up in January.
The whole day reminded me why I’m so proud to be a Xaverian Hawk. Christmas, like the Xaverian community, is about the people. So next time you get all caught up in the shopping and traffic jams at the south shore plaza, don’t forget to appreciate the people (and Hawks) around you.