Christmas in Dublin is special. Every December, the streets of the Irish capital come alive with all the colour of Christmas. Every street is strewn with fairy lights and Christmas trees. Laneways are awash with the sounds of people singing Christmas carols and the pubs are packed with old friends meeting again and new friendships starting out.
At Oscar’s International, we love Christmas and every year we create a social programme celebrating its power to bring people together from all over the world. This year is no different.
“I think Dublin is pretty unique at this time of the year,” says Fernando Bajo, co-ordinator of Social Activites at Oscars. “There are parties all over the city and lots of Irish people who are living abroad come home to be with their families. I love the unique Irish Christmas traditions; the Christmas pudding, punch, Christmas Eve parties with friends and so on. We realise that many of our students will be away from home for maybe the first time, so we really try our best to make sure they feel they are part of a family here because they are part of a family; the Oscars International family.”
This year’s programme includes Christmas movie nights, an ugly sweater competition, a Christmas carolling karaoke competition and a Christmas Arts and Crafts afternoon where students make their own decorations.
There are also trips out of the school to go ice skating, Christmas market shopping and of course a few pub crawls.
It is, as the song says, the most wonderful time of the year and at Oscars International we plan to make it stay that way for our students.
Here is a run down of this year’s Christmas Social Programme:
Christmas movie marathon (Every Tuesday)
The Nightmare before Christmas
Decoration Time – let’s put up the Christmas tree! (Friday 7th)
Making Decorations – Arts and Crafts (Thursday 12th)
Bring your Christmas dessert (Friday 13th)
Hot chocolate Wednesday (Wednesday 18th)
Ugly sweater competition (Thursday 19th)
Carolling Karaoke (Friday the 20th)
The Great Big Christmas Quiz (Friday the 20th)
Ice Skating Excursion (14th of December)
Christmas Market Marathon (8th of December)