Christmas – and its snows – came early to Saint Louis University this year, as the
SLU community enjoyed s'mores, friends and the lighting of the University Christmas
tree on the University quad.
The SLU community and Billiken families turned out on Saturday, Dec. 2, for an evening
full of light, laughter and holiday cheer as the University celebrated its first-ever
"Christmas on the Quad" winter carnival.
Beginning with Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church, carnival goers sampled hot
chocolate and toasted s'mores over fire pits set up throughout SLU's traditional outdoor
gathering space outside DuBourg Hall.
Kids made holiday masterpieces at the craft stations and their grown-up companions
could shop and strut their stuff in Ugly Sweater contests while carolers sang some
of the season's best-loved songs. Bubbles filled the air and SLU students mugged for
the camera in the fisheye photo booth.
Santa Claus himself made a special trip to town and listened intently to the secret
Christmas wishes of future – and current Billikens.
The holiday fun reached its peak as University President Fred P. Pestello and a group
of future Billikens lit SLU's official Christmas tree after Chris Collins, S.J., assistant
to the president for mission and identity, blessed those assembled, after gathering
children from the crowd to help light candles carnival goers had been given to add
more light to the celebration.
As the University tree began to glow, "snow," in bubble form, filled the air, raining
down on the joyful crowd.