Coming back from Thanksgiving break is tough because you have roughly 2 weeks to get last few grades in, stress about finals week and all the studying you have to do, and say your goodbyes to all your new friends that live all over the country until the spring. While the semester is coming to an end, the perfect way to wrap up the semester (no pun intended) is celebrating Christmas at Samford.
Every year, Hanging of the Green and Lighting of the Way ceremonies follow Thanksgiving break and encourage students to embrace the holiday spirit on campus. Hanging of the Green is a ceremony that is led by the Worship Arts Ensemble and based on an old English custom. An advent wreath and garland are hung around Reid Chapel by 12 senior honorees that are nominated by staff of the university.
Following the Hanging of the Green ceremony is Lighting of the Way. This is a fun, festival like event which consists of decorating Christmas cookies, a Christmas Concert, Mrs. Westmoreland reading The Christmas Story and ending with Dr. Westmoreland lighting up Centennial Walk for the Christmas season. This event is the perfect time to catch a quick glimpse of Christmas break before diving hard into the books for finals week. Before Lighting of the Way, a big group of my friends went to eat dinner. It was a fun time to fellowship and catch up with everyone. There were lots of pictures taken, lots of laughter and jokes, lots of hot chocolate and lots of Christmas spirit!
Christmas at Samford is so special and is definitely one of my favorite parts of the semester. We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and cherish the time spent with family.
From all of the Freshman Bloggers to you, Merry Christmas!