The Christmas spirit officially arrived at Seton Hall University as more than 1,000 members of the university community joined together for “Christmas at the Hall,” featuring a ceremony to light the majestic 60-foot Norway Spruce on the campus green with 42,900 lights.
Members of the University’s Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) were on hand to collect unwrapped toys for the DOVE Christmas Toy Drive. Everyone who brought an unwrapped toy received a blue Seton Hall Santa hat.
The holiday event also featured Christmas carols sung by Seton Hall choirs, a season’s greeting from the Seton Hall Pirate, and remarks by Seton Hall University President A. Gabriel Esteban.
“What began with a small group of students, alumni and friends is now one of Seton Hall’s most-anticipated traditions,” said Esteban. “It is also a reflection of our Catholic identity, which we strive to nurture not only at Christmas, but throughout the entire year.”
Seton Hall nursing student Hillary Sadlon, who recently celebrated her 22nd birthday by performing 22 acts of kindness for others, has inspired the campus-wide “12 Acts of Christmas Kindness,” in which hundreds of members of the Seton Hall community – students, faculty, administrators and alumni – are already pledging to perform good deeds, big and small, during the holiday season.
“I hope that the entire community will follow Hillary’s example and perform their own acts of kindness this Christmas,” said Esteban.