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Christmas at Creighton flips the switch, Nov. 30

Jingle the bells, deck the halls and flip the switch, Creighton University's Inter Residence Hall Government (IRHG) annual Christmas at Creighton celebration will usher in the holiday season the evening of Nov. 30 at 4:45 p.m.

Starting at the steps of St. John's Church on the Creighton campus, the University will be bathed in the glow of the season's lights for the remainder of the year. This longtime Creighton tradition will also feature Christmas messages from administrators and student leaders.

The Christmas at Creighton tradition extends back nearly a century. Christmas trees were often displayed around campus starting in the 1920s and impromptu celebrations by various student groups kept spirits bright.

In the 1960s, singing groups often serenaded the student body with Christmas carols as another means of bringing cheer and a bit of light to what can be, for students, a sometimes stressful time of year as the fall semester draws to a close.

By 1984, the University lit its first official Christmas tree and with a few strands of lights wired down Skinner Mall, the first Christmas at Creighton was ushered in.

In his Christmas at Creighton message this year, Creighton President the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, reminded all that Advent is a season of anticipation and light by remarking on the recent visit to campus by the nominees for the Opus Prize, which the University hosted this year. 

"The three nominees, who were essentially global prophets dedicated to freedom, respect, self-confidence, safety, stability, opportunity, and empowerment, shone a light on our world here at Creighton University," Fr. Hendrickson said. "A light not only for our campus, but for the Omaha community, and for all who heard their message, near and far throughout the world. And that light is what Advent, indeed Christmas, is all about. As we prepare for Christ's entering into the world at Christmas, we hear readings from Isaiah that speak of waiting for light that is coming to shatter the darkness and bring hope to the oppressed."

Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to share in a meal in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.

For more help getting in the spirit of the season, see our Advent reflections on the Online Ministries site.

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