Since it’s after Thanksgiving, it’s time to officially start celebrating Christmas. Fontbonne did so by hosting 12 Hours of Christmas. All of campus is decorated inside and out to get in the spirit. This was a day full of fun holiday events. The lineup of each hour is as follows.
9 a.m. – Coffee house: morning drinks and treats while Owen Pye crooned some Christmas carols
10 a.m. – Holiday movie marathon kicked off in DSAC Caf’ (Santa Clause trilogy was played)
11 a.m. – Giving hour: donate money to FBU endowment and pick up candy cane grams (sign ups were last week to have some sent to friends)
12 p.m. – Photo booth with Gunner the Griffin dressed as Santa Clause (which was put into a snow globe)
1 p.m. – Gingerbread house decorating competition
2 p.m. – Santa’s workshop crafts (cookies, ornaments, snowflakes, cards, etc.)
3 p.m. – Reindeer games with obstacle courses
4 p.m. – Live nativity scene with animals in Medaille Meadow
5 p.m. – Fancy Christmas dinner in Ryan Dining Hall
6 p.m. – Outdoor movie in the meadow with hot chocolate: A Charlie Brown Christmas (although it was moved inside due to technical difficulties)
7 p.m. – Ice skating at Steinberg rink
8 p.m. – Closing ceremony with gift card prizes for participants
It was a jam-packed day, to say the least. Classes still went on throughout all of this. But, it was all worth the mad rush. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in some of my favorite classic holiday festivities (i.e. building gingerbread houses) and doing some new ones. For example, I learned how to ice skate for the first time! Well, I sort of learned. Dressing up, sharing cookies, decorating, giving, playing…These are all things that make the holiday season so special. I am grateful that I got to have this 12 hour experience with my fellow Fontys. That is the greatest gift of all.