On December 7th Hartfield staff, students and families gathered as we celebrated our 10th Hartfield Family Christmas. Hartfield Family Christmas has looked very different over each of the 10 years, but the one thing that has remained constant is our Hartfield family celebrating Jesus at Christmas.
Our very first year, Hartfield families gathered for students singing in classrooms, sweets in the hallways, and a singing Christmas tree on the football field. Many of our families remember baking sweets for many years to fill what we have all come to love as “The Sweet Shoppe.” Who can forget when we all filled the gym to hear all of our Elementary students sing or watch our Upper School perform “A Charlie Brown Christmas”? Oh, and don’t forget the holiday market one year consisting of items made by our students to raise money for mission trips. Of course, we all remember the year COVID tried to steal it from us, but we found a way to still celebrate by taking it to our homes with our first-ever devotional guide. What a journey we have taken over the last 10 years through our Hartfield Family Christmases!
This year though seemed to take all the best parts of the last 10 years with a few new ideas to make it into one great night of joy for all. We celebrated Jesus, the gift that matters most, with crafts in the courtyard, worship in the theater, sweets in the Sweet Shoppe, s’mores row, free play on the football field, coffee, photos, and our at-home devotional guide. Many staff members gave comments like “this is exactly what a Hallmark movie would feel like!” As fun as all of the treats and activities were, we were blessed to bring our families together to enjoy a night filled with Jesus. It was definitely the best Hartfield Family Christmas ever! We can’t wait to see what next year brings for this favorite Hartfield tradition.
Hartfield Academy is fully accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of independent Schools (SAIS).