Traditions Continue

Dec. 19, 2016

At Tamassee DAR School we love to participate in traditions that occur during special times throughout the year plus the holiday season. This year we have not only been blessed with the continuation of age old traditions, but have enjoyed some new ones as well.

For over 25 years, members of the Walhalla Lions Club have selected one evening during the weeks leading up to Christmas to visit campus and enjoy dinner in the Banquet Hall with the staff and children. This year as our guests arrived and just prior to the supper blessing, the sounds of Christmas carols rang out through the hall as the children sang for our guests.   During dinner, members of the Lions Club mingled with the students after which, they distributed bags of fresh fruit and nuts to each child.     Walhalla Lions Club Vice President, Sylvia Rumer told the children that this annual holiday dinner dates back to when Mr. Willard Johnson was Principal of Tamassee DAR School, well over 25 years ago.   Before the evening activities concluded, Ms. Rumer presented a donation check to Tamassee DAR School CEO, Lori Bailey.   With so many changes and the confusion of day to day living, it brings a sense of peace and tranquility to know that some good things withstand the test of time and continue on.

For the 3rd year, the sound of roaring motorcycles engines could be heard throughout campus as toy deliveries were made to the children of Tamassee DAR School by Auxiliary V.F.W. Post 6830 and A.B.A.T.E. riders. Being a part of this very special event, creates tender emotions and reminds us all of the magic of the Christmas spirit of giving. The outpouring of love for the children that is shown by the leather clad motorcycle riders touches our heart and leaves us joyfully amazed by the goodness of the human spirit and that alone, is a gift.

For the first time, this year Clemson University Students came to campus and spent the day in each cottage decorating trees, baking cookies and singing and dancing with the students.   Lunch was served in the Banquet Hall followed by a practice performance a.k.a. rehearsal of this year’s Children’s Program, The Friendly Beasts.   One of our Clemson friends in attendance accompanied our choir of angels on the piano as they practiced for an upcoming performance while several others challenged the Tamassee boys to a game of SWOOSH followed by several games of HORSE.   It was a wonderful day spent building relations across generations and building friendships between students in the two organizations.

In an ever changing world, traditions bring with them a sense of consistency. At Christmas time these events also bring with them the opportunity to share good times, laughter, love and support.   Thank you to all of these individuals and organizations who have given of themselves during the past several weeks and Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.