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The most wonderful time of the year

2021 is coming to an end. It has been a crazy year for everyone and people are eager for a new one to begin. Luckily, the holiday season has started! Families are putting up their Christmas trees, the streets of Tbilisi are decorated with breath-taking lights and stores are selling beautiful decorations. Christmas spirit is starting to spread throughout the city, and has reached GZAAT as well! Of course our school wants to partake in the joyous celebration of a new year, and the first, and one of the most important, steps in doing so is decorating! The school has to be adorned in splendid ornaments for the ultimate Christmas vibe. That is why each block got to decorate a part of the school to their liking. On a Tuesday morning, on B block, it was time for the ninth graders to beautify the school! There was a lot of noise coming from the second floor, where the Russian classrooms are. The ruckus was being created by the excited, and a bit disorganised, Freshmen.

There were big plastic bags full of decorations that were getting emptied by the second. Everyone made sure to get hold of something that their fellow classmates had brought to the school. However, no one really knew what they were doing. There was no plan on exactly how the hallway would be decorated, and everyone seemed a bit confused, especially since they’d never done this before. Despite the puzzled students, a plan started to formulate. First and foremost: the lights and what to do with them. There were multiple Christmas lights that could embellish the school, but no one really knew exactly how or where to put them up. There weren’t many plugs in the walls to plug the lights into either. It turned out that the lights could connect with each other, with only one of them having to be connected to a plug. And so, they started to get pinned on the walls by some of the tallest students standing on chairs. Next was the tinsel. There were many pieces of different colours and lengths of sparkly tinsel, which started to get wrapped around the hand ledges that followed the hallway on the opposite side of the classrooms. Though the colours didn’t all match and it was kind of a rainbow explosion, it was the best thing that the students could think of. People started to take little colorful trinkets and stickers, which they used to fill the empty spaces on the walls. It was also discovered that Freshman Mariam Gegechkori had brought a Christmas tree! It was immediately set up by Maya Lortkipanidze’s classroom at the end of the hallway. Students started to work on decorating the tree. Slowly but surely, everything started to come together.

After about half an hour of intense decorating, the hall was about done. Towards the end everyone was working on the finishing touches, hanging the leftover decorations on the walls, using tape to create fun shapes with pieces of sparkly paper, and of course cleaning up. The died down excitement of the Freshmen was aroused again as the first period ended and other grades started to fill the hallways. Soon the ninth graders were thinking of their next classes, the tests they had, or the homework they didn’t. But the occupation of the children’s minds by schoolwork was inevitable. Only now, their thoughts of school would be accompanied by the cheerful and jolly aspect of the much awaited Christmas.

Edited by Kato Ambokadze

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