Monthly Archives: December 2014

SCS Faculty and Staff: Favorite Christmas Traditions, Part 2



In the spirit of Christmas, we thought it would be a fun idea to ask some of our faculty and staff what their favorite Christmas tradition is. You will enjoy reading about memorable traditions and funny family stories. So enjoy the second rendition of the SCS Faculty and Staff: Favorite Christmas Traditions.

A favorite Christmas tradition that my husband and I started together is turning out to be a beloved yearly event. We enjoy spending the day after Thanksgiving together buying our tree, decorating it as well as our apartment, while Christmas music plays in the background, and taking all of our hard work in as we eat dinner with all of the Christmas lights on! ~Amber DiNozzi, MS Teacher

Growing up, we did not have a lot of money as a family, so buying gifts for each other was very difficult. I have 6 brothers and sisters, so it was our task to make the other siblings a gift for Christmas. We are all older now, but we have kept the tradition with our kids, only with a twist. It is between the cousins. After Thanksgiving, each cousin chooses a name, and they set totask to create a gift for that cousin. Because of the size of my family, there are 25 cousins all together. We are also spread out all over the United States, so watching my children thoughtfully create and then mail a gift and a card to their cousin has been so touching. Also, every year my husband and I buy an ornament for each of our children that represents the year for them. It could be a big event, a sport, a vacation, or whatever. They have their own box, and one day, when they leave, they will take that box of memories/ornaments with them to their new lives. ~Jenn Coggin, Assistant Financial Administrator

My favorite Christmas tradition is baking the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend while my husband who is much more the decorator than I, decorates the tree and asks, “Should the angels go here or here?” He’s just looking for the first batch of dark chocolate and hazelnut cookies! ~Nancy Bambino, HS Social Studies Teacher

We do not have a “favorite” Christmas tradition, but I do have an unfortunate one. Since I am always running behind in everything, our tradition turned into seeing how long I can procrastinate in my Christmas decorating and shopping. It is now December 17th and I’m embarrassed to say, I haven’t decorated yet and I only bought a few gifts. Thank the Lord that we were given off two extra days!! That is when my race will begin! 🙂  ~Kim Kozicki, Development Office Assistant

Every Christmas was spent with our siblings, but now that they have grandchildren of their own, their Christmas is spent with their growing family. So since my husband and I don’t have grandchildren just yet, we started a Christmas tradition with our three boys. On Christmas day, I cook a slew of appetizers and a delicious dinner. We eat our appetizers, then we go out to see a fun movie. This year we will see Night in the Museum. Then after the movie we come home and eat dinner. I guess this will be our tradition until we have our own grandchildren…..and then we get to spoil them! ~Anna Fenimore, Director of Development and Marketing

SCS Faculty and Staff: Favorite Christmas Traditions


In the spirit of Christmas, we thought it would be a fun idea to ask some of our faculty and staff what their favorite Christmas tradition is. You will enjoy reading about memorable traditions and funny family stories. This will be a two-part blog, so enjoy the first rendition of the SCS Faculty and Staff: Favorite Christmas Traditions.

My favorite traditions are on Christmas Eve. We go to church altogether, return home to have the same food every year (pizza bread and cheesy shrimp), and open stockings. My mom still makes stockings for all of the grown children. Amazing! 🙂  ~Heather Lee, Elementary Principal 

Every year I make a bunch of batches of Neapolitan cookies (rainbow cookies) from scratch. It is a whole day process, but so worth it!! Also, every year my husband and I have to have our first Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks together. It must be a very cold night and we can’t have our first one without each other. We also watch “The Nativity” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” every Christmas season.  ~Katie Bozzo, HS English and Bible Teacher

My family’s favorite dessert is Papa’s Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding recipe. ~Teelah Grimes, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

I make Eggs Benedict with Homemade Hollandaise Sauce for Christmas brunch. Lori, the kids, and I camp out in the den by the fire one night of the break, after watching a Christmas movie. We always spend time on our family farm in PA during the Christmas break, which always includes a long, cold hayride. We usually try to hold off playing any Christmas music until AFTER Thanksgiving. However, someone always sneaks some in before then.  ~Roger Erdvig, Superintendent

The endless Italian multicourse Christmas dinner with all the family sitting at the table for hours!  ~Anthony Buttacy, Secondary Principal

Our annual BIG Italian Christmas Eve dinner, complete with the “feast of the fishes”, course after course of deliciousness and tons of homemade desserts! Watching Christmas movies with my hubby and kids, then camping out in the living room. Spending Christmas day at my parents house with my siblings and their families. And of course celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus, at our church Christmas Eve service.  ~Jeanine Cozzetti, Marketing and Communications Assitant

One of our favorite traditions is baking Christmas cookies….I am not the best baker so it’s a stretch every year! Yet, So worth the learning curve!  I host Christmas Eve dinner. We have many nieces and nephews, I always coordinate games for the night! I love getting together and playing games with the entire family. ~Tracy Berner, Special Education Coordinator

Every Christmas I look forward to having homemade calzones with my family. ~Jennifer Cronin, 2nd Grade Teacher

12 Christmas Books Everyone Should Read

The Circe Institute recently published a list of Christmas books everyone should read. Being that the holiday season is upon us and Christmas is only 2 weeks away, now is a great time to grab a cup of hot cocoa, sit in a comfy chair and read a good Christmas book. Maybe this list can be a New Years goal to complete in 2015 or reading time spent with your family. However you decide to implement this list, here are some good reads for this most wonderful time of the year!

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

2. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

3. The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman

4. The Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John

5. A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

6. God Is in the Manger by Deitrich Bonhoeffer

7. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

9. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

11. The Man Born to be King by Dorothy Sayers

12. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen