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Santa and slugs

10:57 AM  Dec 11th, 2012
by Emma Jarman '11

Fifty degrees and raining. Weather-wise, Christmas on Campus this year felt a little bit more like Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day, but that didn’t stop hundreds of children from leading their parents and student-chaperones through the mud and mist to experience the biggest Christmas celebration since, well, Christmas.

But while many children gathered around the reindeer pen to watch them pace and snort, or crowded into the basement of the Jesse Phillips Humanities Building to thread beads onto pipe cleaners bent in the shape of candy canes (20 beads was the magic number) and decorate Christmas cards for patients at the children’s hospital, 3-year-old Kate was finding her own magic.

Kate’s favorite part of Christmas on Campus was not the carnival in the RecPlex or the gingerbread houses in Kennedy Union. And Santa? Santa who? The Science Center was out of her time frame and she saw him (and more importantly, the inflatable snowman next to him) on the walk in.

Kate’s favorite part of Christmas on Campus was something unique to this year’s celebration. It’s something we don’t see every year, and something nobody had to set up, assemble, paint or wait in line for. In fact, most may have paid it little or no attention except to avoid it. But thanks to the mild, wet weather, Kate found her Christmas cheer.

“I like the slugs,” she grinned, dragging her poking stick behind her.

Read more about Christmas on Campus:

In “Christmas on Campus gifts leave lasting impression,” the traditional event shapes a 2011 grad’s career path
In “Merry and bright,” the campus anticipates a holiday transformation
In “Holiday happiness,” students stand in line, hoping to receive a child to shower with Christmas cheer
In “Santa? I know him!,” get the behind-the-scenes scoop on this year’s classic character.

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