Sing We Now of Christmas
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"—What can be better than nights of fun, laughter, and enchanting events? After all,
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”—Charles Dickens
This week, PCC is putting on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, perhaps my favorite Christmas production of all time. Now I'm not saying I've been anticipating this Fine Arts since it was announced—I'm just saying that I've probably seen twenty different versions of A Christmas Carol, have read the book, and have quoted it ad nauseam some Christmases, if you catch my drift. But amazing theatrical performances with crotchety misers and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future aren't the only things to look forward to this semester.
"Here We Come A-caroling"—Have you seen the strings of Christmas lights going up around PCC since September? It's all in preparation for Christmas Lights, probably the most anticipated student event of the year. Students save seats along Varsity terrace and eat specially prepared Christmas Lights dinners on blankets in anticipation of the event. Doesn't a fantastic Christmas concert complete with the Spirit Singers and a dynamic light show sound awesome enough? But wait, there is indeed more—all the Christmas lights on campus go on at once upon the completion of the concert.
"Jingle Bells"—Many of the concerts that take place in late November and in December have a Christmas theme. My personal favorite is the handbell concert, where there is typically a fun selection of traditional carols and popular Christmas songs all played by the charming hand bell choir. After you go to a concert, feel free to take pictures in front of Christmas lights (I certainly did)!
"Deck the Halls"—Outside isn't the only place with Christmas spirit. The Commons is, quite literally, decked out with garlands and ornaments, all centering on a gigantic Christmas tree. The residence halls will also adopt the Christmas spirit by students decorating. Go ahead, and unleash your inner tinsel. (I'll admit to buying Christmas ribbon in September to use for my room.)
"What Child is This?"—While all of this amazing stuff is going on, let's not forget what it is all intended to celebrate. As the prophet Isaiah foretold millennia ago,
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Remember just exactly what Christmas is all about: Christ. Reflect on the reason for all celebration, and have a wonderful holiday season here at PCC!0