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December 8, 2007

Holiday Happenings

St. Edward's University Celebrates 29th Annual Festival of Lights

This year, the university has expanded its annual Festival of Lights tradition to several new ways to celebrate the holidays. Events will include Christmas on the Plaza, a tree lighting ceremony, and Monte Siesta Christmas Fiesta, an opportunity to make cards and decorate cookies and ornaments with senior residents from Monte Siesta. Las Posadas, a celebration which commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a room, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The 29th Annual Festival of Lights will include the following events:

Advent Mass

Sunday, Dec. 2

9 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Begin Advent and the 29th Annual Festival of Lights celebration with a holiday Mass and the first lighting of the university's Advent Wreath.

Christmas on the Plaza

Monday, Dec. 3

7 p.m., Ragsdale Plaza

Gather as a community to reflect and celebrate the season with the first St. Edward's University Christmas tree lighting.

Menorah Lighting

Tuesday, Dec. 4

5:30 p.m., Andre Hall Lobby

Celebrate with the St. Edward's Jewish community the lighting of the Menorah on the first day of Hanukah.

Monte Siesta Christmas Fiesta

Wednesday, Dec. 5

2-4 p.m., Mabee Ballrooms B&C, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

Join the senior residents of Monte Siesta for card making, cookie and ornament decorating, and holiday picture taking.

Las Posadas

Wednesday, Dec. 5

6:30 p.m., Maloney Room, Main Building

Reenact the journey of Mary and Joseph at the Seventh Annual Las Posadas Celebration. The candlelight procession will begin at 5:45 p.m. on the steps of Main Building and conclude with traditional food and drink and entertainment by the St. Edward's University Ballet Folklórico and Linder Elementary School in the Maloney Room.

In Mexico, "las posadas" are celebrated on each of the nine days before Christmas to commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem, in search of room at the inn (la posada). After dark, a procession is formed and everyone, including the smallest of children, takes part.

Festival of Lights Community Reflection

Friday, Dec. 7

6:30 p.m., Main Building Steps

Celebrate a St. Edward's University holiday tradition as the university community reflects upon the Advent season through prayer, readings and song as Main Building is illuminated in a wash of beautiful colors.

Holiday Concert

Friday, Dec. 7

7:30 p.m., Mabee Ballrooms A, B, & C, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

Listen as the air fills with sounds of the holidays during a performance from the St. Edward's University Music program. Visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.

These events are sponsored by Student Life with special thanks to Campus Ministry, College Assistance Migrant Program, Dean of Students Office, Monte Siesta Retirement Community, Montopolis Community, Music Program, Physical Plant, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Student Government Association, Student Leadership Team, Student Service Council, the Festival of Lights Committee and University Programming Board.

For more information call 448-8432.

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