Traditions for the Holidays

The holidays are coming, and today I want to share a few holiday traditions that your first-year students can (and should!) partake in between now and the first of December.

The first is Pitsgiving, which is a Thanksgiving celebration in the Pit (our cafeteria in Reynolda Hall). Pitsgiving will be held this Thursday, November 18th, and is one of the happiest days on campus. Students get to have a Thanksgiving meal with their friends, hallmates, and classmates. The Pit is filled with festive decorations and all of the normal Thanksgiving fare – turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie and so much more. Your Deacs will want to take advantage of Pitsgiving – they should make a plan to grab their hallmates or friends and enjoy a packed Pit for lunch (11 am-3 pm) and/or dinner (4-8 pm).

The Lighting of the Quad will be held at 7 pm on November 30 on the Quad (Hearn Plaza). Student Union puts on this annual celebration, and it is a great feel-good event spanning multiple faith traditions. There will be musical performances, hot beverages, pastries, reflections, and the lighting of the campus Menorah, Christmas trees, and Quad trees.

Late Night Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, December 1 from 10 pm-midnight in the Pit. The Office of Student Engagement hosts this event as a way to shower our students with a little TLC (and a lot of carbs) as they begin prepping for their final exams. Your Deacs can join their friends, hallmates, and classmates for a late night at the Pit to eat delicious breakfast foods (served by staff and faculty) and take a study break before finals. This is a perennial favorite, happily back following the pandemic.

Traditions like these help our students have a sense of the spirit of the holiday season. We hope your Deacs will take advantage of these fun and festive offerings.


— by Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)



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