Before we know it, Christmas season will be upon us. The week just after Thanksgiving break will provide various opportunities for students to get into the Christmas spirit.
The week will start out with the annual President’s Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 p.m on Monday, Nov. 26. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to gather in front of Zwemer Hall for a time of worship. The audience will sing Christmas carols while the Northwestern Brass Ensemble and Women’s Choir accompany.
President Greg Christy will say his remarks, and theatre students will read various scripture passages. Individuals attending will light candles prior to the lighting of the actual tree. Once all the candles are lit, the Christmas tree will light up and various Christmas decorations across the campus green will follow.
NW student Anna Perrenoud attended the event last year.
“The Christmas tree lighting is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit early, and involves the whole NW community.” said Perrenoud.” It was cool to see so many people there.”
If weather is an issue, the event will be rescheduled to at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. The holiday activity is coordinated through the Student Activities Council.
Later in the week on Friday, Nov. 30, an Advent chapel will be held on campus. Advent addresses the importance of patiently waiting and preparing for the celebration of the Nativity. The 30-minute chapel Friday morning will discuss the importance of Advent and the role it places in celebrating Christ’s birth.
Bringing the week to an end is the Sinterklaas Day celebration. Every year, on the first Saturday of December, the community of Orange City celebrates its Dutch heritage with Sinterklaas Day. This year, the event falls Dec. 1. The event celebrates the arrival of Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa.
The event begins downtown with the arrival of Sinterklaas on a white horse. Following is a short parade that features children dressed in Christmas finery and a brass ensemble. The day will also feature various activities such as a puppet show, crafts, and a coloring contest.
While the event is primarily geared towards young families, everyone can find enjoyment in it. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street.