Yesterday I was up on the Quad and in the Benson Center and was witness to preparations for the holidays. On the Quad, pine garlands were being placed on the arches and light poles. A Christmas tree was being set up in front of Reynolda Hall. Wreaths had been hung on the doors to the Deacon Shop and Quad-facing doors.
Ditto for the Benson Center. A large Christmas tree was being set up in the Rotunda, and very soon I suspect pine garlands will be on the railings at the stairs. In years past, they have also put pointsettias in the Rotunda and by the stairs. Wreaths adorned the Benson front doors as well.
While it might seem a bit early for holiday decorations to go up on campus, if you stop and think about it, students are only here for 3+ weeks before finals end and it will be Winter Break. It’s good to have some festivity and cheerfulness up now, while they can still enjoy it. It also might help lighten the mood as finals approach to see some decorations.
These decorations – and the lights that accompany them at night – will be on full view for the Lighting of the Quad on the evening of December 2nd. Normally we also have a menorah on campus for Hanukkah, but the dates of Hanukkah fall after students leave for Winter Break, so I am assuming our students unfortunately won’t get to see that.
The Quad had some additional decorations too. There are white signs along half of the Quad telling the stories of student entrepreneurs. They were placed there by the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. The stories are pretty cool – hope your students will stop and read some of them.
Three final notes for your Black and Gold Friday (I hope you’re wearing our school colors wherever you are!)
– My intrepid colleagues in social media have posted a beautiful video on the Wake Forest University Facebook page. It’s a slideshow of fall on campus, accompanied by “Mr. Wake Forest,” our much-beloved Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of English, Ed Wilson (’43). This is a beautiful way to see and hear the best of WFU.
– Remember to call your students 🙂
Take care and have a great weekend, Deac families!