Xavier kicks off the season by welcoming 180 local schoolchildren to campus to celebrate "A Xavier Christmas"

The annual event connects neighborhood children with Xavier students and provides hats, gloves and holiday spirit | November 30, 2012

Xavier kicked off the holiday season this week with its annual student-run event, A Xavier Christmas, on Monday Dec. 3. About 180 elementary school students arrived on campus in the late afternoon for treats and a visit with Santa and witnessed the lighting of the Xavier Christmas tree.

More than 180 Xavier students volunteered to be the children's “buddies," leading them around campus for games, treats and holiday crafts. In addition to meeting with Santa, the children also had an opportunity to see students in costume and tethered goats in a live Nativity scene on the Xavier Yard.

Every year the Physical Plant staff create a breathtaking lighting display around campus with strands of lights wrapped around trees and light poles, hoping to dazzle the visiting children. Before they leave, Al Bischoff, S.J., joined them at the Sally Watson Tree outside the new Fenwick Place residence hall for a special tree-lighting ceremony.

Xavier faculty, students and staff collected new hats and gloves that were distributed to the children in attendance and which will be sent to other children in need.