Since returning to campus last week after Thanksgiving break, Christmas decorations have been popping up all over campus! I am so excited 😀 The dining hall is decorated with garland, snow, Christmas trees, and ornaments. Everywhere I turn, there is a new Christmas tree! I have seen them in residence halls, in the fitness center and in the Long center, in the DeNaples Center, in academic buildings, and, most importantly, on the Dionne Green!!!
On Sunday, we had the annual Christmas Mass followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas on the Commons.
At mass, everyone received a candle and lit it near the end of the ceremony. We held our candles and then processed outside with them (still lit!) to the tree on the Dionne Green. Then, the tree was lit and we sang Christmas carols.
Here’s a picture of the beautiful tree from University of Scranton’s Facebook Page:
and here are two pictures of me and my friends!
Left picture: MK, Mariah, Holly, Alex, Me, Summer, Shannon
Right picture: (top row) Me, Shannon, Summer, Holly; (bottom row) Alex, Mariah, MK
Afterwards, we went to Christmas on the Commons, a USPB event where there were Christmas activities galore! There was a photo booth; stuff-a-bear; make-your-own ornament, picture frame, and/or stocking; contests – gingerbread house and human Christmas tree; and, of course, food!
Here are my photos from the photobooth with Shannon!
Because I am on USPB, I worked part of the event, which was fun! I worked the craft table for an hour, and it was really nice to see people having fun with their friends 😀 Some of the stockings, ornaments, and picture frames people made were astonishingly beautiful!! Shannon even stayed with me for part of the time I worked, which was so adorable and nice, since I was just fine on my own but having her there made it so much more fun!!
Oh… and I cannot forget… guess who was at Christmas on the Commons? SANTA!! Santa is a busy guy, especially during this time of year, so it was so nice of him to take time to hang out at our event and spread Christmas cheer 🙂 Here’s a silly video of Santa wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.
And guess what?! Santa CAME BACK today! Except, Santa looked a little different today… more like a girl 😆 She was on third floor DeNaples taking pictures with students! So, my friends Summer, Natalie, Shannon, and I took a “family photo” with Santa and A DOG!!! (I’m not sure whose dog it was but it did not even matter… I was happy there was a dog!)
Finals officially started today 😥 …however, I did not have any. I start tomorrow! 😥 😥 😥 Wish me luck! The weather tonight is supposed to be pretty bad… so tomorrow’s finals might be postponed. I really, really hope they are not! That would stress me out even more and mess up my entire schedule! Plus, as much as I love being at Scranton, I cannot wait to get home and hang out with my dog, watch Christmas movies, and bake Christmas cookies!!
Next time I check in, I’ll be done finals… woohoo! Talk to you then 😀