Catalina lights up at Christmas with beloved traditions

There’s nothing like Christmas at Catalina.

Santa Catalina School rang in the season with a beloved tradition, Kris Kringles. Held over three days, KKs are the school’s version of secret Santa. Overnight, Study Hall became a feast for the Christmas senses after students decorated each other’s desks with trees, garland, and every Catalina girl’s favorite thing—snacks. Thanks to R4, the school’s environmental club, many of the decorations are used year after year. The second day of KKs was devoted to an exchange of homemade gifts or treats. On the final day, each class got together to share kind words and presents as each student revealed her KK.

The holiday season continued with a Christmas concert featuring the chamber ensemble and choir, and Candlelight Mass, another treasured tradition.

In the dorms, a junior boarding student led a celebration of Hanukkah. Grace '25 invited students to join her with nightly candle lightings in the lounge of Greer Dorm. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about Jewish culture while listening to stories, playing dreidel, and enjoying chocolate babka and other treats.

We wish everyone happy holidays and joyous new year!

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