The choir sang "Hark the Harold Angels Sing" and "Silent Night" at the annual "Lighting a Tradition" ceremony on Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016. (Cable Photo/Maggie Grob)

Campus Gets Lit at Lighting a Tradition

Abigail Blonigen

Lights, caroling, cookies, hot chocolate: the holiday season is upon us. Here at the College of St. Scholastica, the beginning of the season is marked by the “Lighting a Tradition” ceremony, sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.

The tradition began 21 years ago as a celebration of the Advent/Christmas season before everyone went home for break, according to Lisa Roseth, Executive Director of Alumni Relations.

Every year, the evening begins with the Advent Vespers ceremony at the chapel, where attendees pray and are given candles. They then walk out the peace doors to Tower Hall, with the sidewalk lined with luminary bags. At the front steps of Tower, there is a prayer, and the president of the college does the countdown to light the trees.

This year was President Geary’s first “Lighting a Tradition” ceremony.

After the trees were lit, attendees sang carols and enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate in the foyer of Tower Hall.

“It’s kind of ceremonial of starting the Advent season.” explained Roseth, as the college is asked to refrain from turning on their own lights until after the ceremony. “It brings the community together; it’s really a big part of our values.” she added.

Because of the loss of a few trees this summer because due to storms, the Student Alumni Association chose to use a tree farther down the front steps of Tower for the lighting ceremony.