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Emmanuel Hosts Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the Quad

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Christmas season has officially begun on campus with Emmanuel College’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Mission and Ministry and the 1804 Society.

Taking place on Thursday, December 1 on the Quad, a large crowd of students and faculty gathered to share in the festivities.

“This is my favorite tradition we do here,” Director of Students’ Activities Dan Darcy said after the ceremony. “I love how it gets everyone in the spirit of Christmas.”

People were treated to Christmas carols, including Silent Night and Jingle Bells, sung by members of Acapocalypse. There was also a scripture reading from Father John.

Candles were passed out among the crowd, which was a popular edition from last year’s ceremony.

“Seeing all the candles and just looking around to see it all was my favorite part,” Kelsey Maguire ’19 said following the lighting.

When the tree turned on people cheered out “Merry Christmas,” then joined in the singing of Jingle Bells.

The event carried on inside the JYC where hot chocolate was served and cookies were to be decorated with bowls of colorful frostings.

A raffle was also available with a grand prize of a new TV.

“My favorite part was seeing the Emmanuel community gather together,” said Dan Chadwick ’18 in the crowded JYC after the tree lighting. “We have such a strong sense of community here and it’s always nice to see it at events like this.”

Emma Graney ’19 is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at

Photo credits: Emma Graney ’19

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