And just as quickly as it had began, the Christmas holiday came to a close. Though the decorations were still hanging through Epiphany (or Three Kings Day as it is known in many European countries), it was soon time to start the second semester of school for the students. Many of them were looking forward to returning, even though the weather was still bitterly cold.

Yet, they were excited since it would be a new semester and they would have different classes to attend. Though many would be seeing the same teachers, it would be a welcome setting apart from the boredom that accompanied the latter part of the holidays. Matters were starting to pick up again, and the holiday spirit was still alive even though Christmas had come to an end. They had all learned that goodwill was important as well as kindness. It wasn't something that one did only during one month of the year, but for their entire lives. They hoped they would travel to the lodge the next year for a week of enjoyment, but that would have to wait. For now, they arrived to school, many taken there by the cheerful bus driver George, who had been driving for many years and planned to continue driving long into his golden years.

The New Year started out stupendously and everyone had made their New Year's resolutions. They hoped this year would be even more exciting and grand as the last. The holidays wouldn't soon be forgotten, and neither would the lessons they learned in the lodge. This year would be one of kindness and courtesy no matter what the future had in store for them, they would exercise the lessons they had been taught during their vacation for this year and all the years that followed.

Written by Angie Y. and FlowerofAdversity