It’s difficult to image the snowy peaks of the Southpole from the sunny shores of Southern California. Unless of course, you are a student at the English Language Center, Los Angeles!
This year’s Holiday Festivities began with a rousing game of Yankee Swap. Yankee Swap, a time honored American tradition, starts with each participant placing a gift under the communal Christmas Tree. Once all presents are in place, it’s unwrapping time!
As each student steps up to turn they have a choice. They can a.) choose a gift from beneath the tree or b.) steal the gift chosen by the previous participant! Thankfully, there were no fights this year and everyone got a gift of their choice.
After Yankee Swap students were invited to step into room 17 to take a picture with Santa or as Santa! Were you naughty or nice? Only Santa can tell.
All in all, it’s been a wonderful Holiday season at the ELC. Whether we’re unwrapping a Yankee Swap treasure or posing next to Santa’s bowl full of jelly, there is always reason to celebrate here in Los Angeles.
Contributed by James Benito