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12 Hours of Christmas

For the Fontbonne community, yesterday was a fun day. The Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities hosted an event called the 12 hours of Christmas. This event consisted of 12 hours of fun filled activities. It began at 9 am with the Christmas Coffee House where Owen Pye sang Christmas Carols and there were free bagels, doughnuts, and coffee. Some of the other events included Reindeer Games, Ice Skating, Santa’s Workshop, and making Gingerbread Houses. One of the events that I enjoyed was Santa’s Workshop. I got to paint my own ornament and make holiday cards for Alzheimer patients and US Soldiers overseas. Another event that I participated in was the Reindeer Games. Even though I was helping out this event, I was still able to participate. I loved the competitive and joyful atmosphere. There was an inflatable obstacle course called the Polar Plunge where you could compete with a friend to win tickets entered into the raffle. Another activity was the hamster ball race. At first I was skeptical of running around in a giant inflatable hamster ball, but it turned out to be lots of fun. Overall the 12 hours of Christmas was a fun filled event. Each hour was packed full of holidays festivities for the whole Fontbonne campus. This was a great event to kick off the holiday season to Fontbonne and celebrate a wonderful semester.


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.

My spin on a gingerbread house


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