It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Union University! To cultivate Christmas spirit on campus and offer study breaks during finals week, there are a variety of holiday-themed events scheduled for students and the community.
Kicking off the string of events is “A Panhellenic Christmas,” hosted by the ladies of Chi Omega, Kappa Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha. This annual Greek-life Christmas dinner is open to all women on campus. The event will be held in the Bowld Student Commons Monday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.
Also on Nov. 30, Residence Life and Freshman Council are partnering to bring students “Storytime With the Olivers.” Festivities will begin at 8 p.m. in McAfee Commons and include a live reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, singing, hot cider, hot chocolate and cookies.
The music department will provide entertainment for both the student body and the community for the following two days. Tuesday, Dec. 1, the annual “A Union Christmas” will be held in the chapel, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Union choirs and orchestra will perform a variety of familiar Christmas melodies.
“I think [the concert] brings a sense of excitement to the Union community as a whole,” said Matt Norville, junior music major. “The music is easy and fun to listen to, but it still brings us back to the real reason for the Christmas season, which is celebrating Jesus Christ’s birth.”
The following day, Dec. 2, the Union University Singers and Orchestra will continue their tradition of the Annual “Christmas Gift to the Community” concert at 10 a.m. The free, 50-minute concert is open to the student body and community members. Christmas classics and favorites will be performed that are sure to get audience members in the holiday spirit.
Thursday, Dec. 3, is also filled with events to spread Christmas cheer. That afternoon at 4:30 p.m., the English department and Barefoots Joe are teaming up to sponsor “DIY: A Christmas Carol and Cookie Exchange.” The hour-and-a-half long event will include a live reading of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” The English department said the only requirement for participation is that guests BYOCTS: Bring Your Own Cookies To Share.
Also on Dec. 3 is Residence Life’s “Deck the Halls” event. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., students living on campus can work together to decorate their dorm buildings, which will be judged on a point system. The dorm building placing highest will receive points to go toward the Union Cup, the ongoing competition between on-campus dorm buildings.
To finish off the on-campus Christmas events, the annual Christmas Pottery Sale will offer ceramics students’ handmade items. Tables and displays for the sale will be set up in the Student Union Building Friday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.