It is a truth universally acknowledged at Villa Joseph Marie that all we do is eat. Eating is something that brings us together every day, praising the dollar fries and fifty-cent cookies, all made perfectly by Chef Dave. When I first entered Villa in Freshman year, I wasn’t much of a foodie, but this being my third year, I know all the ins and outs of the typical Villa diet. Take it from me: don’t get in the habit of buying fries with every meal, because it is an extremely difficult habit to break.
One of my favorite traditions at Villa involves both bringing us all together and food (but I mainly like it for the food)—It’s a Villa Christmas. What it really should be called the Christmas Food Bazaar Extravaganza or something along those lines. It is, in my humble opinion, the best kept Villa secret. In the morning, the Parent’s Guild sets up tables and tables filled with all kinds of sugary treats in the Student Lounge. There’s hot chocolate, cookies, cakes, bagels, peppermint bark, and anything else you could possibly imagine. Throughout the rest of the day, girls make up excuses just to walk past the tables and pick up a little something to eat. This is the one day that girls cannot find room in their stomachs for fries. That is rare, let me tell you.
The best part about this day is that it is entirely unexpected. I walked in that morning and had no idea what I was about to encounter. If you’re having a difficult week with tests and quizzes, it is truly a great pick-me-up to be greeted one morning with a feast.
The greatest thing about Villa is its ability to bring people together and surprise you with some random joy even when you’re down, and this tradition is a perfect example of that. I’m so blessed to go to a school like Villa, where everyone works so hard to bring happiness to others.
- Katie Grant ‘14