Previously on the first day of December, I attended my first Christmas At Luther concert. The International Women Leaders of Luther were visited by our ELCA family -- Kaleb and Tammy -- that evening as well! We got a chance to meet up with the both of them personally to check in and see how we’ve been doing for the semester. Later on, we had a warm, hearty Christmas dinner (of Norwegian meatballs) at Peace Dining accompanied with good company and jazz music. Right after dinner, we made our way to the CFL for Christmas At Luther. I met a couple of my friends who were in Aurora outside the hall taking pictures before the event started. In just 2 hours, the choirs and orchestra successfully impressed the audience with their voices and sounds that blended together perfectly. The audience were also invited to sing along for a few songs like O Come Emmanuel. The performance ended with the choir members raising a candle each in unison whilst singing, and the lights simply beautified the setting of the concert hall.
On the 4th of December, the first snow has fallen at last! My friends and I woke up that Sunday morning to a view filled with snow, and it was just beautiful. Trees, vehicles, and the ground were snow-showered to whiteness. I’ve seen snow previously before when I traveled overseas, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen snow falling. I started the morning by helping out as an usher at the service in the Center of Faith and Life. I was planning to finish up my assignments for the following week and do a little studying for the day, but plans change when you’re in the mood for some winter photoshoot, no?
For the entire afternoon till evening, my friends and I spent a great deal of time enjoying the long awaited snow. It wasn’t as chilly as I thought it would be, so I was willing to take some time off to bask in the snowy surroundings before it gets too cold to stay outside. The first thing we did, of course, was try to build a snowman like how you’d only get to watch on TV back at home. None of us knew how to make one, so it got pretty sloppy and our snow looked more like rolled rugs instead of huge snowballs for a snowman’s body. I was the last one to ace in rolling a huge snowball, of course. Eventually we got tired of piling snow and decided to throw snowballs at each other instead. It was definitely more exciting than making a snowman.
We went around campus taking pictures of the scenic view novel to us. We stole pictures of other people’s snowmen, made snow angels, took a typical group shot by the Luther sign and strolled around Lindeman Lake that is almost completely frozen. It was a productive and unproductive day at the same time. We ended the day with hot chocolate and marshmallows in my place as we snuggled in warmth together. I’m excited to see what Luther has in store for all of us the coming weeks as Christmas is approaching, especially its decorations on campus like the new pine trees placed in the middle of Bentdahl Commons and in front of the Union. I can’t wait to experience my first white Christmas here with my friends this coming break.