Christmas at St. James Academy is the most wonderful and magical time of year. One of the many traditions celebrated is our very own Jingle Bell Junction. This event brought holiday cheer to children and adults. The Susan Tucker Moore Theatre was transformed into a Winter Wonderland where all of the students, from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, came to “shop” for holiday gifts for their family members and even their pets! Santa visited with the students and students ate homemade cookies as a special treat. Each item could be purchased for only $1 and was actually a “recycled” gift donated by SJA families throughout the year. The “Elves” (parent and grandparent volunteers) wrapped each gift and delivered them to the classroom for the children to take home.
Did you know the original name of this special event, which began over 40 years ago, was called “The Children’s Christmas Bazaar?” The name then transformed into Jingle Bell Junction. The Patrons Association, who started this annual tradition, originally appointed a chairperson who was single-handedly responsible for collecting and storing all the items at their home. In recent years, more helpers have been added and a commercial storage unit is now rented for this purpose as the number of shoppers has increased.