Holidays on the Hilltop

From gingerbread houses, to Christmas lights, the Saint Anselm College campus has been transformed into a winter wonderland. In the campus dining hall, 100 gingerbread houses sit on a table, topped with the Davison Hall Christmas tree. Alumni Hall has been adorned with the seasonal wreath, while candles shine brightly from each window overlooking the campus quad. Spiritual services, holiday dinners, and the spirit of giving round out the busy season of final papers and exams.

"The Uppers," the senior housing on campus has undergone a transformation of it's own, with students engaging in a friendly competition to see who can out-decorate one another, all in the spirit of good holiday cheer. From lights galore, to inflatable snowmen, the student housing brightens the end of the semester for all.

Campus Activities Board invites the student population to join them for "Christmas with CAB," an event featuring an opportunity to decorate cookies and stockings, play Christmas trivia, all while enjoying peppermint ice cream and a cup of hot chocolate.

For the more contemplative mind, the Oxford Companions invite the campus community to their Christmas Poetry Reading, held in the college pub. Featuring "good cheer and warm words," students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to eat, read and be merry!

Davison Hall, the main campus dining center prepared some 500 pounds of gingerbread on-site for the student competition in which 400 students design their own house for display, and judging. A fifty-foot display of candy awaited students when they arrived for the building. The houses will remain in place through the end of the semester.

Students and faculty alike look forward to the annual campus tradition, the Holiday Feast, presented by Dining Services. With a menu that includes prime rib and seafood Newburg, the event annually draws well over 1,000 guests. Pastries from scratch and homemade desserts round out the evening, complemented with live music and a visit from Santa.

Music was the focal point at the Abbey Church on Saturday, December 6, as the Saint Anselm College Choir presented their annual DecemberSong concert to a standing-room-only audience.

In the true spirit of the season, the Saint Anselm community also takes time to give back to the community. Campus Ministry hosts "giving trees" in the lobby of Alumni Hall and the entrance to the Abbey Church where students, faculty and staff are able to provide a gift to those less fortunate. This year, 100 tags were claimed by the college community.

Mass will be offered in the Abbey Church on Christmas Eve at midnight and on Christmas Day at 11 a.m. To view the daily mass schedule, please click here, or call (603) 641-7130.