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It’s That Time of Year: Christmas at Malone

By James Gray Jr.

Volume 67, No. 8

Students From the Music Department Decorate the JC Worship Center on Nov. 19. Photo by Sarah Imhoff

The Christmas season seems to be approaching fast, and for Malone, the list of traditions was rolled out the first week of December. Malone always has a keen sense of the Christmas season and continues to offer many traditions that help students get excited and involved. 

With the many Christmas traditions that Malone holds to, there are three that seem to stand out: the chorale and band performing for Christmas at Malone, the Christmas tree lighting, and the Havi House. These were all created as a way for Malone students to enjoy the season for themselves and to build further community on campus.

“Every time the chorale gathers, we are working to polish our Christmas music and make it a little better at each rehearsal,” Dr. Marin Jacobson, director of choral activities, said at the time of writing. “It is always fun to come together and find joy in singing good Christmas music.”

“For me as director, the most exciting part is when…everyone is on the same wavelength as we are bringing the music to life,” Jacobson said. “That’s when the composer’s intent can come across in a moving way. It will be a high point of your Christmas celebration—it will be beautiful.”

The Christmas at Malone: Our Hope’s Bright Dawning concert was Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Worship Center. The concert featured preludes by the piano ensemble and jazz ensemble, as well as performances by the chorale, Amplified, the symphonic band, and the chamber orchestra.

Before the concert, however, the Christmas tree lighting was one of the first Malone traditions on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. The Campus Activity Board (CAB) lit the tree by the Hoover Courtyard.

“I am excited [for this event] because Dr. King and his wife, Winnie, will be there to read the Christmas Story,” Tiffany Bolen, a co-director of CAB, said at the time of writing. “The Celebration team [will] come out and lead some worship during the event as well.”

“It feels like New York with the big tree lighting,” Bolen said. “I think that this will be a time to also remember what Christmas is for … This night is planned to be laid back … and filled with worship for students to take it easy [before finals].”

Christmas Dinner has returned for all undergraduate students in the Dining Hall on Friday, Dec. 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The cafeteria will be decked out with tablecloths, nice dishes and fancy food. Students typically dress up and take photos in front of the large Christmas tree in the lobby.

Tickets are required to enter, but they were offered free for students to pick up Nov. 29–Dec. 1, Dec. 3, or Dec. 6–8 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guest tickets can be purchased for $16 from Student Development Nov. 29 – Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Havi House, a campus favorite run mostly by students, will also be making a return this Christmas season on Dec. 10.

“We always have our event, Havi House, the same day as the Christmas Dinner so after the dinner, everyone can come to Haviland and walk through,” Micah Czirr, the resident director of Haviland and Fox Halls, said. “Each floor [of Haviland] will have a theme, with the first floor usually being mini golf, and the next two floors with varying themes.”

“Last year we didn’t get the chance to do the Havi house, but some of the guys did a ‘Mary Did You Know’ skit instead,” Czirr said. “They played the song and acted out the birth of Jesus in the quad, and there is a chance that the skit could make a return, but I am not sure.”

Havi House is usually on the same night as Christmas at Malone, but since the concert is the week before, more people will be able to participate. Czirr hopes it will be even bigger this year.

“[Havi House] is kind of like if you went to a haunted house, but it was happy and cheerful the entire time, that’s kind of the vibe,” Czirr said. “You will go from place to place to see what awkward thing is next, except it is not scary at all… The big thing I am excited about is the potential snowball fight after,” Czirr said.

The Christmas season is approaching faster than ever, and pre-COVID traditions are coming back better than ever this year to bring the Christmas spirit to campus.

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