The Star from Afar

I am not sure who is more excited about our newest tradition here at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School—our students or I. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of this time of year and lose focus on what Advent and Christmas are all about. So, having a life-size nativity and wise men in the school help students and grown-ups alike keep our focus on what this season is all about.

The entire school is participating in “The Star from Afar”. The event began with our principal, Mrs. Laura Webster, reading The Christmas Star from Afar by Natalie Ard to the entire school.

Each day one of the kindergarten through third-grade homerooms searches for the Star of Bethlehem. Once the star has been found, an accompanying bible verse is read by one of the students or, sometimes, the entire homeroom over the intercom.

Mrs. Hardy's first-grade homeroom
after finding the star

Life-size wise men are then moved by one of the fourth through eighth-grade homerooms ever closer to the crèche. The Maji will travel throughout the school and will arrive at the manger on the Epiphany.

Fifth-grade students moving the Maji

In focusing daily on the journey of the wise men, we are reminded in a life-size way that Christmas is about more than the presents we receive or Santa. Christmas is about the greatest gift of all – the birth of our living God, Jesus.

All of us at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School wish you and yours a blessed Advent and Christmas.