By Mallory Lane
Last Thursday, the Elon community celebrated as the campus was lit up with luminaries, an annual Elon tradition that jump-starts the holiday season.
“It’s just something that is so special and unique to Elon,” said senior Kelsey Thompson.
For students like Thompson, the celebration is a chance to catch up with friends and forget about the stress of exams.
“I like coming because everyone is in a really good mood and everyone is happy,” Thompson said. “It’s kind of that stress relief before you have to start finals and all the homework and all that kind of stuff.”
But for others like junior Emily Cable, coming to luminaries means more than taking a break from studying.
“I’m very involved in Elon Hillel,” Cable said. “So I’m here to light the Menorah symbolically with part of our organization.”
Every December, students, faculty, staff and members of the community come together to celebrate the season of festivities. Lights, singing and music are all part of the special celebration.
One very special guest always makes a stop at Elon – Santa, of course.
“I’ve come to Elon to celebrate and bring joy and happiness to all the students before they leave to go home to celebrate with their families,” Santa said.
No matter what the reason to celebrate the season, Elon luminaries is a special time to remember what’s important.
“Coming to Elon luminaries is a tradition that is really fun,” Thompson said. “It’s really fun to come with your friends and celebrate the upcoming holiday season.”