Friday, July 29, 2011

Christmas in July

One of my favourite memories of secondary school will be the Christmas in July Year 12 Day. It was just so much fun to mess around and all the costumes everyone had on we're amazing. I was on the committee for it and along with my friends and peers we managed to make more than 250 disposable cups worth of jelly and about 200+ lolly bags for the entire year level to enjoy. There was also a massive group photograph taken during recess and musical chairs to Christmas carols at lunchtime. The year 12 lockers were decorated with paper snowflakes on white feathery yarn, fairy lights wrapped around the hand rails and tinsel running from one side of the hall to the other.

There were Christmas trees, Santa's, elves (including Buddy the Elf), a Snowman, presents wrapped up festively, reindeer, Jesus, the Three Wise Men, Mary, Joseph, as well as gingerbread men and women.

I was really impressed by the ingenuity of my fellow peers; there were paper mache snowmen bottoms with little top hats attached to headbands, people wrapped in working fairy lights as well as candy cane people, baubles and stars which adorned people's heads and tinsel galore. I found it really funny sitting next to my friend Lucy who was dressed as a Christmas Tree complaining that her balls were getting in the way of sitting down.

I myself was dressed as a giant pudding, (photos aren't up and weren't taken to the day after) which I had gotten very used to taking on and off at the start and end of each class I had. I didn't dare bring in the costume into chemistry although my Black Milk leggings did catch the eye of my teacher commenting that 'they are the strangest pants' he'd ever seen. I'm glad I was able to make people so envious of my bubbly attitude, fooling around with my fake digital SLR and Film Minolta camera as well as jelly serving skills. We were terrified that we'd have some left over and we'd need to leave it sitting around the kitchen areas so the horrible shit head Year 10's would eat it and take it off our hands. It was one of the smaller events that you could become a member on a committee for but it still took a lot of work since we had only three people to help organise food and needed to take a few periods off to get everything together and get the help of our friends. We made a little factory assembly line of cutting cellophane, placing lollies on the cut pieces, tying up the bags and then curling the ribbon. It worked out really well and I felt so thankful that we had a large group of friends to help us out with it :)

I wish the group photograph had come out a little better, but my camera was the best one available (surprise, surprise) and no one else had prepared a better photograph or Mr Tan who is a teacher at our school and organised our formal photographs this year. Perhaps the people who were meant to be organising the events of the day should have taken charge of that rather than thinking of the ludicrous plot to have the entire year level involved in a game of musical chairs.

The feeling in the air for every costume day we have is static, and I feel really sad that there are only two left really not including the end of year celebration that is muck-up day and the Year 12 concert. I think I'll be a mermaid rather than buy a Bowser monster (super Mario Bros.) suit from China since it's just too much hassle.

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