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Big Blue Family Christmas a Huge Success

Jessica Steensma, Staff Writer

Dec. 3, 2013

Campus Christmas event draws hundreds for fun and fellowship to LCU campus

santa and grinch
The Grinch and Santa were big hits with the crowd at the first ever LCU Big Blue Family Christmas on campus.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”

The first annual Big Blue Family Christmas event on the Lubbock Christian University campus was one for the books. It was a magical event, full of unbelievable, joyful Christmas spirit.

The event was filled with different booths, all of which drew crowds. There were craft booths where children could make bracelets or Christmas trees made out of pinecones. There was also a place to color pictures of the Grinch, which fit the theme perfectly. There was a candy bar that included reindeer candy canes. Not only this, but there were drinks and food as well, including a hot chocolate and apple cider station. One of the main attractions of the night was the roasting marshmallow booth provided by Admissions. Leah Dixon, a LCU student, noted that her favorite part of the night was, "getting to roast marshmallows around the fire pit."

Another hit of the night were the photo booths that looked like they came right out of Pinterest. There was one with props where people could grab Christmas hats, moustaches and even Christmas garland to use and pose with in front of a festive background. They also had a face-in-the-hole booth where you could be Cindy Lou Who or the Grinch.

At 5:30 pm there was a chance to see Santa in the Betty Hancock Parlor and get your picture taken, but surprisingly the photos with the Grinch were even more of a hit. There was a line that went across the mall area for the chance to get a unique photo taken with the green Christmas icon. Josh Stephens, LCU Dean of Students, dressed up as the Grinch and said of his part in the fabulous event, "I really enjoyed having the opportunity to be a part of an event that would bring joy to visitors and the LCU community."

At 7:00 pm, LCU President, Tim Perrin, announced the beginning of a new tradition for LCU. The McDonald Moody Auditorium was lit in blue, and the chap was covered in lights. After everything was lit, one of the music groups at LCU, Forte', performed a couple of Christmas carols. After this the movie The Grinch was played on a projector in front of the SUB. There was a large crowd, who piled in for the movie with chairs and blankets.

All together the event was a great. LCU is so blessed with people who are willing to give so much of their time to give back to the community and to make this event as special as it was. Thank you to everyone who came out and made LCU Big Blue Family Christmas a success!

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