Holiday Happenings Around Campus
On December 6, families and friends gathered together on the Dartmouth Green to see the lighting of the 3-story high Christmas tree that graces the center of the Green each December. Although put up at the end of November just before the undergraduate students leave for winter break, it is not lit until the first Friday in December.
The lighting tradition usually commands quite a crowd, and this year was no exception. Young and old alike enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies provided during the build-up to the lighting. In addition to complimentary refreshments, there was entertainment too. The moment the tree’s lights flicked on, carolers from the local Christmas Revels theater show began to sing and the Green erupted with joyous music to entertain the captivated children and contented on-lookers in attendance.
Following the culmination of the ceremony, many individuals headed downtown for a continuation of the holiday spirit. Eyes lingered on the newly-decorated storefront windows where enticing images ushered pedestrians inside to peak at the potential gifts inside. Lou’s Restaurant and Bakery hosted a charming cookie decorating open house. The event was so successful that not one seat was open inside the restaurant after 10 minutes of being open. Over at the Hanover Inn, the main attraction was a 4-foot long candied gingerbread display. While not a traditional gingerbread house, the display contained a barn, a covered bridge, harvested apple trees, many people, and barnyard animals. There were even miniature hay bales!
While the tree lighting enveloped the town of Hanover in a cocoon of festive fun, it should be noted that many more holiday excursions exist just outside of Hanover. Over the weekend of December 13-15, Woodstock, VT hosted its Wassail Weekend. The weekend boasted sleigh rides, home tours, holiday concerts, and a wide variety of holiday food samplings.
Although somewhat separated from the holiday festivities this year due to its early arrival, the celebration of Hanukkah also commanded a large group of supporters. Each year the Roth Center hosts an observance of Hanukkah, and the menorah of the Roth Center is lit in accordance with the holiday.
Eat up, drink, laugh, and make the most of this holiday season!
by Perry M. Scheetz