Christmas Spirit Springs to Life Around BSM

The space near the Atrium is festooned with garland and ribbon.

Sarah McGurl, Staff Writer

From lush green garland wrapping the lamp posts to dainty snowflakes hanging from the hallway ceilings, BSM has truly outdone itself this year with the abundance of wonderful Christmas decorations. 

Mr. Brian Aubrey, BSM’s maintenance supervisor, led the way in an effort to increase the decorations this year. “The more we can do the better,” Aubrey said. 

With funding from BSM and several outside donations, Aubrey picked up all the decorations and led a team of seven BSM staff and parent association members in creating a Christmas wonderland on the BSM campus. This was no easy task. “It took us Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week,” Aubrey said. 

Aubrey loves the cheer that Christmas decorations bring. “I think it brightens everyone’s spirits whether it’s COVID times or anytime,” Aubrey said. 

From students and parents to teachers and the administration, the decorations have not gone unnoticed. “The decorations represent our Catholic roots and who we are as a school. Everyone in the office loves it,” Ms. Kathy Jacobson, the attendance supervisor, said. 

I think it brightens everyone’s spirits whether it’s COVID times or anytime.”

— Brian Aubrey

The difficult circumstances of 2020 have definitely made the BSM community more appreciative of the holiday cheer these decorations have brought in. “2020 has been a tough year, we gotta jazz this place up as much as possible,” science teacher Mr. Bob Lyons said. 

Aubrey is working to keep the abundance of Christmas decorations for years to come. “Next year with covid being done we still plan on doing this and trying to add more,” Aubrey said. 

The Christmas cheer doesn’t stop with decorations; the BSM principals have been working to find ways to celebrate the holiday safely on campus. On December 8 and 9, a bonfire was set up by the baseball fields with individually packaged s’more kits for students to enjoy during their lunch. Roasting s’mores with the sound of Christmas music playing in the background, while looking out at the beautiful manger scene and garland wrapped fence, was the perfect way to ring in the holiday cheer. “Every little bit helps to cheer us up,” Alumni Relations Director Ms. Mary Fran O’Keefe said.