by Corrianne Cain
Yes, yes. Dead week and finals are approaching. But, guess what else? Christmas – the most wonderful time of the year! While you may have a lot on your mind with all the exams, projects, and papers, a lot of joy comes with this time of year if you can stop and take a break to enjoy it…here are some quick, easy, inexpensive, and enjoyable ways to savor the season at Concordia!
The Sounds: Winter JazzFest, Friday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Weller will include some seasonal tunes to celebrate the season. The Handbell Choir will play the next day at 3:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Also consider adding some Christmas music to your study playlist…it will remind you of the better things that await following the dreadful exams!
The Sights: Last year, downtown Seward reminded me of a scene from a Hallmark Christmas movie. Take the time to walk downtown and see the lights and Christmas store displays. Doing so provides a good break and some much-needed fresh air! The Christmas tree-lighting on campus is also another way to get into the spirit. Concordia’s tree-lighting will take place in the Holthus Plaza on Sunday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m and is a wonderful sight and time of community. Finally, bring the Christmas spirit to your own space. Some lights, garland, stockings and even a mini tree can go a long way to surround yourself with the Christmas spirit!
The Tastes: Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. Enjoy some ALL DAY in Cattle Conference Room on Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. while watching Christmas movies and maybe being productive doing some homework. Or, make and decorate your own Christmas cookies…again, take a break from your studies and enjoy the baking process with your friends!
Most Importantly…The Christmas season is even more magical and wonderful at Concordia because we recognize the most important part: Christ’s coming. Advent is celebrated during daily chapel, so join in on the seasonal hymns and readings. The Candlelight Christmas service, which will take place on Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Weller Hall, is another great way to get your heart ready for the celebration of Christ’s coming through the singing of various Christmas songs and the inclusion of Christmas Scripture. Christmas PRAISE is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11. Advent Bible reading plans through the book of Isaiah or the Gospels are another great way to set the focus on Christ, as are Advent devotionals. Whatever you do this holiday season, make sure to pause and remember the reason and source of our hope and peace, Jesus Christ.