Winter Wonderland Wednesday

ChristmasThe University of Dayton celebrated its 51st Christmas on Campus on Monday, December 8th. The Christmas on Campus tradition started in 1964 with Ellie Kurtz who wanted to celebrate Christmas at UD prior to going home for break, and included a candelight procession of faculty, staff, and students to a live Nativity made up of members of the Dayton community.  It has since developed into an event that includes almost 1,000 children from Dayton City Schools visiting the festive campus and 100 student athletes to participate in holiday activities such as visiting Santa's workshop, meeting Santa and his reindeer, and various sports. Other activities included the performance of the Saville Sounds Fourth Grade Choir in the KU plaza, building candy houses, making ice cream, and face painting. 

While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody roamed the campus entertaining the children, the tradition of the live nativity and tree lighting ceremony remain a favorite part of the celebrations. UD softball player Kathy Hess said that "Christmas on Campus is the best time of the year." Women's basketball senior Ally Malott comments, "Christmas on Campus is something I look forward to every year. It's awesome to see the excitement on the kids' faces. They are so thankful for everything which makes the night so rewarding!"

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