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On the evening of December 1, with finals in their wake, students gathered around the quad for Emmanuel’s annual Christmas tree lighting.
The night started in the JYC, with free hot chocolate and a Christmas cookie decorating table, which included varying colors of frosting, sprinkles, and candy toppings, along with an assortment of festive cookie shapes.
While enjoying their cocoa and cookies, students enjoyed a serenade of familiar Christmas classics by For Good Measure, who both co-sponsored and performed at the event.
Santa was also present, posing for pictures for students in the JYC during For Good Measure’s performance as well as later in the night after the tree was lit.
The tree lighting attracted a large crowd of students; from freshmen enjoying the event for the first time to this year’s departing seniors.
Kelbi Magnuson, a junior and self-described “veteran” of the event, having attended it for the past three years at Emmanuel, described the tree lighting as a nice way to get into the holiday spirit before the inevitable, harsh reality of finals week sets in.
At about 8:00pm students exited the JYC and walked out onto the quad and gathered around the unlit tree, which Father John blessed for the holiday season. The crowd then joined together in an anticipating countdown before the tree was then finally lit.
Afterwards, students posed for pictures in front of the now illuminated tree with Santa, the three wise men, and campus crowd favorite, the Baby Jesus in his manger.
Photo credits: Gina Gallagher, Staff Writer for The Hub.