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Celebration of Light and Hope

photo 1Elizabeth Fitzgerald ‘15

Copy & Features Editor

It’s that time of the year again, when Merrimack’s campus is filled with holiday cheer. Christmas Trees, wreaths and purple ribbons decorate our school. On Tuesday, December 2, Merrimack hosted their Celebration of Light and Hope where the illuminated campus came to life for another holiday season. According to Merrimack’s Daily Digest, “Employees, their families and students kick off the Christmas season with carols, lighting, a reception, Santa and skating with the Merrimack Ice Hockey Team.”

It’s a warm and exciting feeling when you’re in full swing of the holiday season, and Merrimack doesn’t fall short in helping you feel that way, even if it is during the most stressful weeks of the semester. Holiday lovers gathered together on Tuesday, as the Celebration of Light and Hope marked the official start to the holidays on campus. Beginning in the Rogers Center and working its way over to the hockey rink in the Merrimack Athletic Complex, this event was fun for all ages. Jennefer Rosa is a senior at Merrimack and someone who is eager to finish the semester on a high note, so she can finally celebrate Christmas with her family. “It’s very welcoming and it makes me feel like I am around my family even when I am not. The decorations are like two big arms extending for a hug”, Rosa said.

Dan Kolomatis, the senior captain of the Men’s Hockey team, was a bit more involved in this event than the bystanders just taking in the celebration. “Being part of the Celebration of Lights and Hope is a great opportunity for our team to interact with other students, staff and their families. Being able to kick-start the holiday season with one another before everyone leaves for Christmas Break is important. It is a fun and cheerful event which is what the holidays are all about.”

The Celebration of Light and Hope seems to be exactly what students need for one final push to the end of the semester. As final exams are quickly approaching, it can be a hectic time for everyone. The Celebration of Light and Hope gave students that extra push to make it to the finish line.

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