...except there's no snow. Yet.
It's "officially" winter here at Bethel, even though technically winter isn't for another two weeks. Since we're only here for four more days, though, winter has been these two weeks since Thanksgiving. We went straight from "Why are you playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving?' to "Hurry up and do all the Christmas stuff because we aren't here much longer!"
Besides Gala, the Christmas celebrations include Lighting of the Green and various singing opportunities at Chapel and and Mojo's. Lighting of the Green is a 26-year old Bethel tradition that involves turning off the outside lamps on campus and making a human advent wreath with candles around the Green at the center of campus. It's a really beautiful event to participate in.
Despite the fact that celebration is in the air, there's also panic in the air. Finals have set in, and they're not leaving until Friday. The library is far more popular than it has been all year and so is Mojo's. Food is everywhere, provided by professors, Student Life and care packages from home or church. We'll all make it through, but this week will be rough.