In her comments to the student body, Ratliff spoke of her anticipation on Christmas Eve.
"The hardest thing to do is fall asleep on Christmas Eve so that you can wake up the next morning and tear into all of those presents that have been under the tree taunting you for weeks," Ratliff said. "I have a feeling that this will never change no matter how old we get."
"When the whole family packs into grandma's house to open presents and there is no room but no one seems to mind," she said. "I do miss being a little kid. When you didn't like a present you just said so, Now you open a present and smile and you want to say 'where in the world did I give them the idea that this is what I wanted?' but you just say 'thank you,' and make your mom go ask for the receipt later.
"The true meaning of Christmas is what is important," Ratliff continued, "spending as much time with your family as possible whether it's eating dinner or playing games well into the night without even noticing what time it is, and of course, all the fighting that goes along with that.
Ratliff went on to encourage underclassmen to enjoy their time at school.
"Senior year really does come fast and it flies by," she said. "I would like to thank you all for giving me this honor of being 2012 Miss Merrie Christmas and I hope you all have a very merry Christmas. God bless."
Students escorted clients from the Barry-Lawrence Development Center into the gym, where Ratliff read "Snow What Fun," and gifts from the high school's clubs and organizations were delivered.
Santa Claus made a surprise visit to the gymnasium, stopping to welcome each client from the center with a quick word and a handshake.
Musical performances were delivered by the the MHS Jazz Band and MHS Women's and Concert Choirs.
The assembly ended with a special holiday performance by the MHS Pizzazz Poms.