In truest Jhamtse ultimately celebratory fashion, all the children of Jhamtse Gatsal (both student and staff) had a festive Christmas extravaganza last week.
We spent Christmas Eveternoon painting pictures, pinecones, and everything in between (hands… desks… the math classroom will never be the same again. but is probably better off for it) sucker-punching pigment from every corner of the rainbow.
Tsangpa Tashi, artist in residence.
Tashi Drolma in deep focus.
Sanjay Kumar, challenging convention.
Pema Drolma B paints a pinecone.
Lungta Sangmu shows off her masterpiece.
Kunsang Drolma, colorful and exuberant.
After dinner, our dearly adored carpenter Pradeep donned the campus’ collective repertoire of cherry-red apparel, in addition to some resourcefully fashioned medical cotton, and the kids went crazy as he rode in on the school’s new truck, our beloved driver Dorjee blinking all the lights and sounding the most melodic of the horns dozen plus settings. We gathered around the tree, where the staff caroled and Pradeep gave out candies and oranges.
The evening closed in quiet, peaceful contrast, stuffed surprise socks, on loan from the amalas, hanging in the subtle blink of the repurposed Diwali lights while the kiddies themselves were busy hosting sugarplum visions.
Everyone gathered around the well-decorated tree.
A rare moment with, in fact, no stirring creatures.
Wishing you all holidays filled with much laughter, love, and joyful coming together!
~Sandy and the JG community