Christmas tree lighting ceremony illuminates holiday season

By Lia Ferrante
December 7, 2011

When the holiday season delivers togetherness within a community, it is always a blessing.

Cabrini’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was held on Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. in front of the Holy Spirit Library.

“I love the sense of community that Cabrini brings before winter break starts and before everyone goes home for the holidays,” Samantha LaMaina, sophomore education major, said.

The warm sensation of the fire crackling in the middle of the street with everyone gathering around and getting warm created a sense of community and togetherness. Near Founder’s Hall, they provided hot chocolate and cookies for everyone to enjoy.

When walking into the presentation, there were people surrounding the whole street. The sight of people keeping close to one another to keep warm and everyone dressed with their hat and scarves showed that Christmas was surely approaching.

Dr. Marie Angelella George, President of Cabrini College, and Father Carl F. Janicki, campus minister, said words of inspiration, explaining the significance of the Yule log and how we should appreciate every day and remember the importance of the holiday season.

In addition, George shared a prayer with everyone that was respectful and enlightening.

“I liked the spiritual aspect of the event,” Chelsea Prichett, sophomore education major, said. “It brought our religion into the holiday, which I really enjoyed.”

After the tree was lit and everyone was surrounding it to see the beautiful scene that was created, the choir came out and sang around the burning fire. The joyous voices of the students and faculty liteup the street even more with Christmas holiday cheer for everyone to enjoy.

It was a great turnout by the Cabrini community to show pride during this event. The hopeful faces that the crowd possessed was a magical and worthwhile sight to take in. The many faces showed how dedicated the students here on campus were to celebrating the holiday season together.

“Let this tree serve as a reminder to our community of the light of Christ that is to come this Christmas season,” George said.


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