It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas
By Hunter Tadlock | November 22, 2013 | Leave a Comment
My favorite memory on Campbell University’s campus is the annual Christmas tree lighting sponsored by the Student Government Association. People might say that we light our tree too early in the year and should wait until after Thanksgiving, but I feel like Campbell does it perfectly. Since there is only one day of classes left after Thanksgiving before exams start, you do not get much time to celebrate the holidays with the friends who have become a part of your family. Doing this gives us a time to fellowship together, and you really start to notice the love from fellow students and professors. This event on campus is not just for students and faculty. We have plenty of families from the community who bring their little children to see the tree light up, and they get so excited.
The night usually starts off by students lining up early to get a ticket for the awesome free t-shirts we receive. You have to get there early because they have a limited number, and some students get very serious over a free shirt. You have the choice of standing in line until the actual event starts or you can join members of SGA and faculty in Butler Chapel for a Christmas service. I honestly think this is my favorite part of the entire night. The chapel is usually packed full of people ready to fellowship together and show the true meaning of Christmas. There are carols sung, prayers said, and a wonderful service. Being a part of a service like this is just one of the many benefits of going to a Christian university where fellowship is a main part of your everyday life.
People really get into the Christmas spirit around Campbell University for the Christmas tree lighting. There is a band that plays Christmas music outside while people sing wonderful carols, hot chocolate with brownies, and tons of smiles coming from every student. After the chapel service is over and all the shirts are handed out, the countdown beings! Everybody circles around the tree, waiting for those lights to grace us with their presence and when they do, people cheer loudly.
Once the tree is lit, the chaos begins. Everybody starts their picture taking with friends that they may not have seen for a while, or just so they can have a memory. Usually the group of friends that I am a part of is never in one place together, but every year we get a “family” picture in front of the tree so we can always cherish those memories.