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Christmas at Creighton will light up the night, Nov. 29

In a tradition dating back more than 30 years and with roots running nearly a century, Creighton University will again launch its celebration of the Christmas season with the Inter Residence Hall Governmentís annual Christmas at Creighton holiday lighting ceremony.

Nov. 29 at 4:45 p.m., the switch will be thrown and about 50,000 lights across campus will glow each evening for the remainder of the year. Creighton administrators and students will also offer Christmas greetings from the steps of St. Johnís Church and, following the lighting ceremony, a meal will be shared at the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. This year's Christmas at Creighton theme is Miracle on 24th Street.

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 with all its attendant final examinations, papers and projects, 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.

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