Fostering the Holiday Spirit at Trocaire

December is always a busy month at Trocaire, as students prepare for and take their finals and our graduating students look forward to celebrating Commencement. However, there’s always time to be festive, and our Student Affairs staff have been working hard to make sure the holiday spirit is felt throughout Trocaire this time of year.

Breakfast with Santa

Santa and his elves came to town for a “Breakfast with Santa” event last weekend, and students, faculty, and staff brought their children to meet Kris Kringle, enjoy a tasty breakfast and create some holiday crafts.

Giving Tree

In addition, Trocaire again ran its annual Giving Tree this year. Students who needed a helping hand providing Christmas magic for their children could submit gift requests, and angel ornaments listing the requests were then placed on a Christmas tree outside the Commons. Members of the campus community picked an ornament or two, bought the presents and then returned the wrapped gift for distribution just in time for Christmas. College community members shopped for 50 children this year!

Holiday Door Decorating

Trocaire values diversity and inclusion, and in that spirit is ensuring that all December traditions are being celebrated. Therefore, Student Life is holding a holiday door decorating contest, in which participating departments/offices have been randomly be assigned a winter holiday such as Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Nicholas Day, Dia de Los Reyes and New Year’s Eve. Everyone on campus can learn about each holiday by stopping by any of the participating rooms.

“The mantra of the Student Affairs Division is for our services to be ‘purposeful, meaningful, and memorable,'” said Director of Student Engagement Tom Vane. “We truly believe that creating opportunities for students to bring their holiday traditions to campus enhances their sense of community and belonging at Trocaire. We want students to feel just as home here as they do with their families. Through these activities, we are sharing the holiday spirit with all members of the Trocaire community.”