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Quick Hit: Lighting of the Lake & Living Nativity

University of Saint Francis event has become family tradition

Community members will take in the University of Saint Francis' Living Nativity on Dec. 4.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published November 30, 2022

Christmas at the University of Saint Francis is a special time, and the school celebrates the season with a series of holiday events.

Things begin with Docent-led Brookside Tours of decorated areas Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11.

On Dec. 3, learn about the saint whose life forms the basis for the modern day Santa Claus during  Breakfast with St. Nicholas. 

The Lighting of the Lake and Living Nativity are highlighted events for many and will be presented Sunday, Dec. 4. The blessing of luminaries during the Lighting of the Lake will be at 6 p.m. at Mirror Lake. The ceremony honors the Christmas creche tradition that was started by St. Francis in 1223, which reenacts the birth of Christ. Tradition has it that luminaria lit the way for Mary and Joseph in their search for lodging in Bethlehem. Immediately following the blessing, members of the university community will portray the Living Nativity. 

End the evening with complimentary cookies and hot cocoa at Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center.

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