’Tis the Season for More Hope Traditions

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is one of my favorite Hope traditions.

Everyone circles around a giant pine tree decorated with ornaments covered in our names. We count down from ten and, like magic, Christmas spirit skyrockets as the tree lights up the clearing.

We sing Christmas carols and light candles, quietly laughing as we try to protect the flames from the winter wind.

With friends, food, Christmas, and community, President Knapp’s tree lighting is always a fun occasion.

This coming weekend are Hope’s Christmas Vespers services.

Every year Dimnent Chapel gets decked out in Christmas trees, lights, and poinsettias. Hope students perform in this Christmas concert that they put so much time and hard work into preparing.  Choirs and the full orchestra come together to celebrate the Christmas season with the Hope and Holland communities.

It’s one of the many Hope College events that you need to see at least once. If you can’t make it to this weekend’s show and are in need of some Christmas magic, you can view last year’s performance below.

Thanks for reading,
Erin

Published by Erin Hoolahan

Hi! My name is Erin Hoolahan and I am a Sophomore at Hope College. I am from Wexford, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) and intend to double major in Classics and either English or Communications during my time here at Hope. I love to bake, play guitar and am involved in Ultimate Frisbee and Silent Praise. I am extremely excited about sharing my insights on life at Hope! Thanks for reading. :)

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