It all began with an idea about a family movie night that turned into a WHO-liday WHO-bilation! After several weeks of brainstorming, planning and assembling decor, teachers, staff and administrators alike at Durand Elementary School were ready to host this first of a kind holiday event.
On Friday, December 14, three hundred members of the Durand school family came to The Landis Theater for the event slated as “A Very Merry Grinchmas.” Upon entering, they were greeted by teachers dressed as Whos from Whoville, standing under a snowy archway covered in glitter swirls, tinsel, and garland galore. Once tickets were collected, guests took a journey up a festive staircase lined with snowflakes and paper chains, all made by Durand students, that led them to the grand ballroom. Just past the cascading green garland hanging from the doorway, visitors entered Durand’s very own version of Whoville. Large ornaments made by 5th-grade students adorned the walls, red and green paper poms and swirls hung from the many chandeliers, tabletops were covered with peppermints, crayons and Grinch coloring pages and the smells of sugar cookies and hot cocoa traveled through the air, all amidst the sounds of holiday tunes. To keep guests busy, stations were set up throughout the room. Among the stations were face painting, balloon wreaths and candy canes, hot cocoa and cookies, a photo booth complete with a Grinch cut out, and of course, a Grinch dust station to keep the Grinch from coming on Christmas Day. After about an hour, two very special guests arrived: Santa and Mrs. Claus. The two greeted students and read holiday stories. Santa listened to children share their excitement for the upcoming holiday and took pictures, too! As the end of the night drew near, everyone was invited down to the theater to watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on the big screen. To the surprise of many, there was another special visitor waiting - the Grinch himself made an appearance! Together, the filled theater wished Mr. Grinch A Very Merry Grinchmas before he scurried off. As guests left after the movie, they were sent home with a green candy cane, presented by the Grinch himself. The event was a huge success and one that will forever be remembered by all members of the Durand School family. The evening truly resembled the true meaning of the holiday season.
“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
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