Since I’m in Canada, once Remembrance Day (Veterans Day) is past us, Christmas is fair game. Considering I still haven’t celebrated my Thanksgiving, this is way too early for me. However, it is nice to think about how Christmas will be ahead after I get through these next three weeks of finals.
Our school is very good at spreading holiday cheer. With the Shelter Medicine Club, we decorated a Christmas tree to raise donations for the PEI Humane Society. Every animal at the shelter got a couple ornaments made with their name on them and an item that the shelter needs. Students can then go and choose animals off the tree to buy “presents” for, in the form of dog food, cat litter, paper towel, hay (for the pocket pets), etc. It’s a great way both to celebrate the “season of giving” and to help out the local animal shelter.
Our class also does a secret Santa each year (or at least we’re making it a tradition since it’s the second year we’ve done it). We get a name for someone in our class to buy a $10 present for, and in turn we also receive a little treat. I appreciated my gift of some tea (I’m obsessed with tea!) that came with a very nice card reminding me we’re almost done with the semester! It’s lovely to get a gift, but it’s also always nice to make someone else’s day. I’ll be giving my gift tomorrow and hopefully it will make her day a little brighter!
So, three more weeks of this semester, and then I get to go home finally! Just have to keep chugging…