Wednesday, December 2, 2009

From the archives...

Today I really miss Jewell.  It's Hanging of the Green in Chapel, which means Christmastime at Jewell has officially begun.

I used to be a part of a collaborative blog that has since fizzled, but click here to read the post I wrote after my first Christmas experience at Jewell two years ago.
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Tonight, in honor of Hanging of the Green, I tried to go to a carol service in the Sheldonian Theater.  I had to go straight from tutorial, and entered the building by myself.  I scanned the sea of faces for anyone familiar, but to no avail.  I made my way to a seat, awkwardly perched in between two large groups of friends, and willed myself to be invisible.  The band started playing, the smiles grew brighter, and the excitement tangibly filled the room.

But I grabbed my backpack and left.  The thought of singing joyful carols amidst strangers, without the ones I love, didn't seem right.  Didn't seem a promising way of beginning the Christmas holidays.

When I entered the library, I saw that someone had brought four packages of goodies and had left them on the middle shelf, with an encouraging note that was signed, "Christmas love, xx."  No name, no need for attention, just a simple gift intended to make the Oxford work load a little more festive, a little more hopeful.  And that, I think, is the perfect way to begin.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Melody-

    I just finished reading your other blog that described Christmastime at Jewell and our group. It made me cry at the end. You have such a great way with words.

    Since we missed you this year, I thought I'd do a little recap for you of Hanging of the Green: I got to hang a bow this year. It's such a simple task, but it felt like such an honor to be a part of the tradition here on campus. Oh, and bad news, they took out "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" It was a bit of an anticlimactic ending. But, Santa still bust out to greet the crowd, and the Handbell Choir did a rendition of the Hershey's Kiss Christmas Commercial.

    I hope you enjoy your travels and Happy Christmas!

    Love You
    Caitlin

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  2. I remember when you wrote that blog post freshman year :) We are so old!!! At least we will have one more Jewell Christmas together next year!

    <3Heather

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  3. I loved this post and loved the other you posted as a freshy. I was thinking the other day just how much I would love to be at Hogwarts right now. It seems so magical and something that would lighten the burden of exams. Hope you find unexpected "Christmas" this year. I love you, but you should already know this.

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