The jingling of bells and the impeccably adorable decorations at every corner of the city indicates the onset of Christmas Eve. Christmas came a little early at St. Pauls Institute of Communication as we celebrated “Christmas at St Pauls” on December 21st 2019.
The actual onset and preparations for “Christmas at St Pauls” started two weeks prior. A group of 18 FYBAMMC students from St. Pauls Institute of Communication for Women took charge – overseeing the planning, decorations and execution – of the programme under the guidance of Fr. Plavendran- our Vice- Principal and Ms. Joulyn Kenny – our Course Coordinator. As a team, we designed, made the all decorations, including registrations and personal invites, organised a dance performance, carol singing, planned the flow of events, snacks; it was all done in 15 days. We even got Starbucks, Chaayos, Freedom store, South Indian Bank, Citizen Credit Bank, Para Vision, Lynn Sound and the St. Paul Book Store on-board, to support us as our sponsors for the event.
Soon, it was December 21st, the eagerly awaited day. We couldn’t contain our excitement as the event unfolded. We had a Christmas bazaar with stalls selling homemade products, a confectionery, and a few game stalls too. The photo booth, dolled up with fairy lights turned to be the centre of attraction. The pre-event started off with a dance performance by our students followed by carol singing and the dance floor was open for the students.
At 7pm, Fr. Plavendran welcomed our guests and dignitaries. We all know Christmas is incomplete without the Christmas tree- Fr. Dominic, the Principal of St. Pauls along with Fr Sebastian lit up the Christmas tree. We invited the very popular, Gracenotes Choir to sing carols and spread Christmas cheer. Truly said, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear”. The carolling by Gracenotes was melodious, engaging the audience to sing along and dance. After the choir, Fr. Varghese Gnalian, the Provincial Superior of Society of St. Paul gives us a lovely Christmas message followed by a performance to release a musical album.
The most awaited moment was the raffle draw. There were three winning spots for the raffle draw. Fr. Jhonny obliged us by picking out the three lucky winners. Fr. Dominic delivered the vote of thanks and expressed his delight; witnessing students’ enthusiasm as they brought the spirit of Christmas to life. As he rightly said, “Happiness lies in celebrating together”.
We had one last surprise… Our Santa danced on the song ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ and distributed chocolates to the audience. As the celebrations came to the end, a sumptuous meal was served and students continued to dance happily for a few hours.
It was truly an amazing spectacle as the magic of festive season was recreated at St Pauls.
-Pankti Agarwal and Abhilasha Sinha (FYBAMMC)