SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN
It is often said that No better christmas without gifts from Santa. No wonder, christmas/ school end of the year parties are beehive of Santa, of different sizes, shapes, Colours in the admiration of children. Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa, is a legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved “good” or “nice” children on Christmas Eve 24 December and the early morning hours of Christmas Day 25 December. The modern Santa Claus grew out of traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas (a fourth-century Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra, the British figure of Father Christmas and the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, himself also based on Saint Nicholas. Some maintain Santa Claus which is also absorbed elements of the a ghostly procession through the sky.
Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, jolly, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white-fur-cuffed red trousers, a red hat with white fur and black leather belt.
It is important to note that schools around lagos, have not allowed the economy to wane the age long tradition, Christmas party which can not be complete without gifts from father Christmas, it presence serves the purpose of spice to the Christmas season, since schools can’t wait till 24th as it must vacate for holiday, so Santa visits them within their specified party dates. Amongst the schools visited is The great royalville School, Agbado station road, Agbado Lagos. Demilade Olajide, a primary 3 pupil who was all joy, he said I’m grateful to my parents, for Deborah Sodiya I’m very excited to see Santa. Hannah Adebowale, a grade 4 pupil, he said it will be a beautiful Christmas. In Easter olive Montessori , Shina Peter road, iju Lagos, it was also celebration galore with Santa as pupils were presented with gifts. Amongst students spoken to were that of Solomon grace primary, Abule egba, Lagos. Paula and Obi iheme, we enjoyed Santa’s presence as it was electrifying, as we were glad to be carried by the father Christmas.
Across the schools visited, one thing remains apt that school management’s have resulted to managing their resources to do the needful. Some were magnanimous to gift their students Food packs meant to be consumed as refreshment and for some others it is Cardigan/Sweater, whereas for others it is Raincoat. Different shades of gift for different strokes of pupils. In an interaction with some teachers they blamed certain decisions on the economy. little wonder, the father Christmas seen requires a little more of grooming to gain , some fat and plumb to perfectly fit into the original physique of a Santa Claus!