ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – If Sister Melissa Scholl could star in one Christmas movie, it would be “Holiday Inn,” a musical staring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

Scholl, the volunteer coordinator at the Genesis House of Olean, a temporary shelter for families in need, believes that playing Christmas music before the Thanksgiving celebration is over is too early.

At Genesis House, she said, “we start anticipating the Christmas holiday the second week of Advent with the putting up of the tree and outside decorations.”

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Her favorite holiday memory, she recalled, was her hectic trip home from her first job in Miami.

 “It was a couple of airline time changes, arriving early and being home for the first time since I had relocated in August,” Scholl said.

And she noted that a clarinet was the best Christmas gift that she ever received.

“It was from my family to replace the one that was stolen many years previously while living in Miami,” she said.

Celebrating the birth of Christ is an enjoyable part of Christmas for Scholl.

“My favorite holiday tradition is Midnight Mass, which usually starts at 10 p.m. these days,” Scholl said.

This profile piece continues the Happy Holidays series created by the Fall 2016 staff of TAPinto Greater Olean.