So far, my favorite tradition at Samford has definitely been the "Hanging of the Green" and the "Lighting of the Way!" Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and so I love how Samford places such a large emphasis on celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.
I can’t even begin to count how many Christmas festivities there were going on the week after Thanksgiving. From free cookies and hot chocolate in Ben Brown Plaza to a convo service called "Christmas Around the World," which is dedicated to celebrating the birth of Christ in many different languages, Samford really goes all out for Christmas! Speaking of going all out, Samford becomes transformed into a winter wonderland as wreaths, garlands, ornaments, lights, and Christmas trees are put up all over campus.
At the "Hanging of the Green" service in Reid Chapel, the birth of Christ was celebrated as the University Chorale and the Bells of Buchanan Ensemble shared beautiful music, the Christmas story was told, and the advent candles were lit. One of my favorite moments of the semester was standing there in Reid chapel, being surrounded by my friends, and singing 'Joy to the World.' It was such a special moment for me and I felt so blessed to be a part of the Samford community.
After that service, there was the "Lighting of the Way." Listening to the Christmas story and the Night Before Christmas (read by Mrs. Westmoreland, the president’s wife), eating Christmas cookies, and watching the Christmas tree and the lights along Centennial Walk be lit was the perfect way to end the evening of festivities.
After finishing finals and getting ready to head home for break, I am so grateful for my wonderful first semester experience, and I can’t think of a better way to wrap up the semester than by celebrating Christ’s birth!