Holy Fam­ily’s youngest en­ter­tain with a Christ­mas ex­trav­a­ganza

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By Cary Beavers

LE­VIT­TOWN - The stu­dents at Holy Fam­ily Re­gional Catholic School had a birth­day party Fri­day morn­ing. There was cake, a can­dle and plenty of peo­ple to cel­e­brate. Granted, con­sid­er­ing the guest of honor, per­haps the party was al­most two weeks early, but who wants to nit­pick?

The school’s pre-kinder­garten and kinder­garten classes were cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas – Je­sus’s birth­day – for their par­ents and other in­ter­ested guests. This was the sec­ond year the teach­ers have or­ga­nized the event, which fea­tured the classes singing var­i­ous Christ­mas carols and Santa Claus de­liv­er­ing the cake to Mary (aka Gi­a­vanna DeChristo­foro), who was hold­ing a doll that sym­bol­ized Je­sus.

“We try to teach the kids that we’re bring­ing the Je­sus the gifts of song and prayer,” said kinder­garten teacher Mau­reen Son­nie, who or­ga­nized the event with two other kinder­garten teach­ers and the school’s two pre-kinder­garten teach­ers. “For the kids it helps with the spirit of Christ­mas and helps them un­der­stand the story of baby Je­sus.”

The stu­dents looked re­mark­ably poised con­sid­er­ing their age and the three-week time span with which they had to get ready. The teach­ers re­hearsed with their classes in their class­rooms each day for most of those three weeks. As the event drew closer, the prac­tice venue changed to the cafe­te­ria stage to pre­pare them for their big day.

Fri­day was that day, and the per­form­ers’ fam­i­lies turned out in droves. The kids starred in more pho­tos than a mall Santa on a De­cem­ber Satur­day. The per­for­mance cer­tainly seemed to put ev­ery­one in a hol­i­day mood.

“Oh, they put ev­ery­one in the spirit, don’t you think?” Son­nie asked. “The kids are just so … in­fec­tious.”

From left, Holy Fam­ily stu­dents Al­li­son Ort­man, Bella McGlinchey and Santino Pat­i­tucci per­form dur­ing the school’s Early Child­hood Christ­mas Ex­trav­a­ganza.

Pho­tos by Cary Beavers

Cait­lyn Lewis por­trays a Christ­mas tree dur­ing Holy Fam­ily’s Early Child­hood Christ­mas Ex­trav­a­ganza.

Holy Fam­ily stu­dent Colton Brown, 4, of Fair­less Hills, gets into his per­for­mance at the school’s Early Child­hood Christ­mas Ex­trav­a­ganza.

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