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Photo description: Dr. Kurt von Kampen and the Concordia Chamber Choir lead the singing of Christmas carols at the tree lighting. 

Photo credit: Josiah Seabaugh

Bailey Mooney

Sower Staff


The Concordia community gathered Wednesday for an evening of gratitude and holiday celebration of both Thanksgiving and the start of Christmas.

Chartwells hosted Thanksgiving dinner in Janzow cafeteria. The menu included herb-roasted turkey, cherry orange glazed ham and other homemade foods. Students showed up in full force with a line wrapping around the edge of the cafeteria.

“I really enjoyed the community dinner,” said freshman Bailey Bianco. “There were so many people crammed into Janz and it was a bit overwhelming but also so fun to see everyone getting involved. I also loved the community of singing carols at the tree lighting and hearing everyone’s talent.”

Many of the attendees enjoyed the camaraderie.

“I came because a friend invited me, but the highlight of the evening was the conversations we were able to have,” said sociology professor Dr. Kathy Miller.

Many people at the dinner also attended the Christmas tree lighting afterward to kick off the Christmas at Concordia festivities. The event took place in Weller Circle and featured Concordia’s Chamber Choir.

Hot chocolate and cookies were provided, and people celebrated the coming birth of Jesus while singing Christmas carols.

“The highlight of the tree lighting was being able to see a variety of community members come out to participate,” said choir member Jessica Landrey. “The festivities were very relaxed and special. I enjoyed everyone getting into the spirit of the new season.”

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