Jamshedpur : Even though there is less than a week time for the Christmas Day but the schools in the city celebrated to mark birth of Lord Christ and welcome Santa Claus on the last day of the working day before winter vacation.
Loyola School celebrated the occasion with much pomp and fanfare. Christmas carols and jingles spread around the campus as students presented a number of skits. Father Sebastian, principal of Loyola School extended his warm wishes for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Little Flower celebrated Christmas on the last day of school. Christmas story was related by students of class 9 which touched the hearts of many this was followed by two wonderful dance performances by upper kg. There was more excitement for students when Santa came danced and sang with them. This short programme ended by a short message by Sister Hilda for the staff and students.
In Sacred Heart Convent School, the tiny tots of LKG and UKG and other students gave sterling performances. Students enjoyed being amidst Santa Claus as he distributed gifts and sweets.
The school campus wore a festive look decorated with Christmas trees, bells, stars and snowman. Students decorated trees with balloons, cherries and bells. Song and dance performances on �Jesus born today�, �Bells are ringing� and �We wish you merry Christmas� showcased the spirit of the festival. Christmas carols were also sung by students. A hut was also made depicting the scene of Jesus Christ�s birth.
A Santa Claus distributed gifts and candies among children. The best part of the celebrations was that the school children also distributed items of daily use among the needy children. From soaps from pen and pencils a lot of gifts were distributed among the students.
Similar functions were also organised in schools like Carmel Junior College and St. Mary�s English School on Thursday in which staff dressed up as Santa Claus wished people joy and entertained kids.
�We have been celebrating for the event from years. It is not just about partying, but about bringing happiness to the lives of those around you, which is the spirit of the festival,� said Sister Teresita Mary, principal of Scared Heart Convent School.
�The festival is no longer restricted to any single religion. I believe it is about celebrating and that is what all people are doing. It marks the beginning of celebration that will continue through New Year. Before the winter vacation, celebrating Christmas was great fun,� said Niharika Sinha, a student.