The students at Kenny Lake School first started this tradition in the second and third grades. Every year students draw a classmate’s name and become that person’s Secret Santa. Secret Santas leave little gifts for their person every day during the two weeks before Christmas vacation. Secret Santas are revealed the last day before the holiday. At the class party, a larger gift is given and people guess who their secret Santa is.
Keeping a secret is exciting, but also challenging. Some people ask other students to give their secret Santa the gift. People can be really creative in where they hide their gifts. Some students hide their gifts in coat sleeves, lockers, chairs, boots, or even their lunch box. There are many ridiculous gifts that are given; for example my friend Hazel opened her locker and their stood a Ken Barbie doll. We all had a really good laugh. Most gifts that are given are candy and little trinkets. It’s so wonderful to get a gift; it doesn’t really matter what it is.
There are many types of Christmas traditions, but the most popular one at Kenny Lake School is secret Santas. Kenny Lake School is still participating in the tradition today. The spirit of Christmas giving and thinking of others is what secret Santas is all about.