Students, faculty, and staff at Saint Anselm College are spreading the Christmas spirit. As tradition holds, Saint Anselm hosted the annual Gingerbread House Competition on Wednesday, November 28th. Four hundred students on 100 teams gathered in Davison Hall to take part in the friendly, yet extremely competitive event.
“This is intense!” said Jenny Ferrar ’16, as students mixed frosting, designed creative gingerbread layouts and ran back and forth to get supplies provided to them by Saint Anselm Dining Services.
After about two hours, students turned in their gingerbread creations, including houses, lighthouses, boats, movie scenes, and replicas of places on campus. A fan favorite was a Grinch scene with Whoville residents holding hands around the Christmas tree and the Grinch himself looking out at them from the window of a building. No detail was spared; there are even icicles hanging off the eaves of the houses.
The creativity of the Saint Anselm College students was evident as all of the 100 gingerbread creations were displayed next to the Christmas tree in Davison Hall. From now until December 6, each Anselmian has the opportunity to vote for the winning gingerbread masterpiece, and the top three teams will receive $400, $200, or $100, respectively.
Christmas at Saint Anselm would not be complete without the Anselmian way of giving back, and on Saturday, December 1, Anselmians did just that. With the help of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, students, faculty and staff gathered in the Carr center and set up craft tables for the Holiday Fair, giving children and families from the Manchester area the opportunity to participate in activities such as ornament making, bag decorating, and snowflake making, as well as having pictures taken with Santa.
The giving spirit was in the air at the Holiday Fair, as students demonstrated crafts for the children, and the children created masterpieces of their own, leaving with hands full of crafts and faces full of smiles. Christmas has truly brought out the Anselmian spirit of kindness and giving.
Editor's Note: This story was submitted by Meagan Cox '15.