The holidays are finally here! Arcadia University invited all to join in on the castle lighting and winter season kick off this past Monday. The Society for Castle Restoration and the Honors Council collaborated on decking the castle with green garlands, boughs of holly, and glistening white lights. Hot chocolate and build-your-own s’mores were offered to all those who gathered around to partake in the ooh’s and ahh’s.
The castle foyer looked beautiful as the lights flickered on after waiting for the grand plugin a little after 7:00 p.m. The landing, however, was far more attention grabbing as three different holiday symbols illuminated the importance of togetherness this December.
The kinara was arranged meaningfully with three red and green candles and one black in the middle, representing Kwanzaa and all its glory. The gold menorah stood tall with significance as nine electrically lit candles emphasized the essence of Hanukkah. A full, wonderfully-chosen Christmas tree looked spectacular with white lights swirling around the fir covered branches, accenting the red, gold, and silver ornaments hanging just-so. Mock gifts, wrapped perfectly and tied with gold bows, sat under the spectacle in all different angles.
The night was a great turnout, filled with chatter, joyous laughter, and shared smiles as attendees embraced the holiday spirit. As the holidays grow near and the temperature drops, remember to cherish friends and family, keep warm, and have a Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah.