As I was watching this year’s holiday video, it occurred to me that one of the wonderful things about the holidays is that so much of it is familiar no matter where you are. I have lived in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and several more places, and the holidays were a big part of making each one feel like home.
We know that Longwood could never replace your student’s family home, but we have tried to give your Lancer that universal holiday feeling of lifted spirits and community here in the weeks leading up to the winter break.
You can see some of the ways we do that in the holiday video. In case you missed it, I’ve included a link below, along with a link to a few photos from the Holiday Dinner, an annual music scholarship fundraiser that features entertainment by a variety of student vocal and instrumental ensembles.
As your student makes their way home, we wish you all the happiness that comes with being together at this special time of year.
Exams are wrapping up, and your Lancer will be home for the holidays soon, if they’re not already.
It’s a fun time of the year, but also hectic and, for some, stressful. So Longwood provided several days of “de-stressing” activities before and during exam week. These included
—Study Paws, where faculty and staff bring their canine friends to campus for students to pet and cuddle
—Late Night Breakfast, an event for all students, regardless of whether or not they have a meal plan, where faculty and staff volunteer to serve food and to help clean up afterwards
—Chair massages —Taco barsand s’mores —Craft making and puzzles
In between studying for and taking those exams, students squeezed some holiday cheer into their schedules. Holiday-themed events included
—Caroling in the Rotunda and Greenwood Library
—Peformances by student vocal and instrumental ensembles for the annual Holiday Dinner music scholarship fund-raiser
—The Grand Illumination in the Rotunda
—Gingerbread crafts and holiday movies