Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Celebrating Christmas at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault December 14, 2009

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“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

Bough-decked Shumway Hall welcomes visitors to the Christmas Walk.

"Deck the Halls:" A hallway leads to the 1889 Morgan Hall.

SHATTUCK-ST. MARY’S SCHOOL. Even the name sounds impressive. And this place, on the east side of Faribault, truly ranks among my community’s most prestigious institutions.

Founded in 1858 as an Episcopal mission school, Shattuck today serves as a boarding and day school for 437 students in grades 6 -12 from 36 states and 20 countries. It’s nationally-known for turning out top-notch hockey players, for outstanding academics, for figure skating and more.

And this time of year, the school is also known for opening its doors to the community during the annual Christmas Walk. On Saturday, I toured the Shattuck campus, taking in the sights and sounds of Christmas.

But, I also absorbed the beauty of these historic stone buildings, which enticed me more than the holiday décor. It’s not all that often I get inside these doors.

Because pictures sometimes are worth a thousand words, I’ll showcase the Shattuck campus in the images I composed as I wandered the halls.

I was a bit smitten by this school with its stunning stained glass windows and heavy, dark wood. In the slate and wooden steps that dipped from years of footsteps, I felt history.

So join me on this Christmas walk, themed to Christmas songs, for your holiday enjoyment.

“O Holy Night”

A place to relax next to one of many stained glass windows at Shattuck.

“O Christmas Tree”

An inviting corner in the Shattuck library.

“Here Comes Santa Claus”

Santa visits with Christmas Walk guests.

“Frosty the Snowman”

An example of artwork sold at Shattuck’s holiday market.

“Feliz Navide”

Aiming to break a pinata during Christmas Walk festivities.

“Angels We Have Heard on High”

Two angels create a simplistic, yet impressive, holiday display below stained glass windows in a stairway at the Shattuck campus.

“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”

A view of Shumway Hall from the Shattuck campus library.

© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

(Watch for additional posts from the Christmas Walk at the Shattuck campus. I ran out of time to tour the St. Mary’s campus. But there’s always next year.)