Some Early Christmas Spirit

As the semester comes to a close,
this week is full of the dreaded final exams and presentations. With the grasp
of break just beyond our reach, a few things around campus sure brighten up the
mood here in anticipation for the Christmas season and break that we all need
and deserve.

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First of all, let’s just say that
the library has been VERY full this week. Everybody is seeking a quiet place to
get some serious studying and preparation done for classes. But everybody needs
a break, right? Well, Santa was spotted the other day passing out candy canes
to students in the library, which sure lifted peoples’ moods. A couple days later, random
students were feeling generous and baked cookies and goodies for people who
were studying. No other place than Hope College do people bake treats for
strangers, just to be nice and make this week a little more tolerable.

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On a similar subject of food, Hope
had a “brinner” night in which anybody and everybody at Hope could come to
Phelps and have some late-night breakfast as a nice study break. This proved to
be more than just eating and socializing. The popular Christmas tune “12 Days
of Christmas” broke out and each section of the cafeteria sang a portion of it,
which was simply hilarious because some people got REALLY into it. I can’t even
put it into words. Just take my advice. It was a good time.

Ok, this is the last time I’ll bring up food, but the 24 days leading up to Christmas are my favorite. Why, you ask? Because I get my daily dose of chocolate from my advent calendar each morning. Even though these small pieces of milk chocolate take 2 seconds to eat, I seem to look forward to it every single day.

Besides the food that was offered,
something that surely got me in the Christmas spirit was a white-elephant gift
exchange with some friends. We were all so creative with getting each person a
small gift that fit each person’s personality, which made the night full of
laughs and provided as a good stress reliever. The pictures below show some of the things I got over the past few days, both from the gift-exchange and simply just Christmas presents.

This week was one of the first
times it snowed a little, which certainly makes it feel like winter. One
morning, I woke up and saw snow everywhere and looked out my window and saw a
miniature snowman—it was pretty pathetic, but adorable and festive at the same
time. After seeing the snow, my roommate and I got into the mood to make some snowflakes. Doing them without instructions proved to be a terrible idea because they were pretty much pieces of paper with holes in them. We eventually gave in and printed off some directions for how to make them and they turned out really good!

Theses were just a few of the events
that were going on during exam week. Maybe everybody should have been studying
a little more, but hey, you got to have some fun sometimes too! That’s it for
this week, so I hope everybody has a great break and I’ll talk to you soon!
Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @hopeleslie15

Published by Leslie Kempers

Hey Everyone! My name is Leslie Kempers and I am from Santa Ana, California. I am a Senior this year and am majoring in Exercise Science so after my time here at Hope, I will be pursuing a career in physical therapy! I have previously been involved with Nykerk and CASA and am excited to see what this year has in store for me. This place has become my second home and I have cherished every moment here at Hope College. Go Dutchmen!!!