The Sottile tree ignites the College’s Christmas spirit

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People gather on the porch at the event (Photo Courtesy of Julia Reilly)

Attention College of Charleston students: Christmas time is officially here. Let the sleigh bells ring, the “Elf” quotes commence, the “Rudolph” choruses grow stronger and the plethora of lights brighten your evenings. Lovers of Christmas come out into the open, for it is finally acceptable to start celebrating full force. The College has officially kicked off the holiday spirit with the 31st annual Sottile House Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Beginning at four in the afternoon on Tuesday Nov. 29, master of ceremonies Brian Mcgee and President Glenn McConnell welcomed the students and families to Sottile House to relax and enjoy quality time with friends and family. From there, Robert Taylor and the Concert Choir blessed those in attendance with their angelic voices, followed by some group caroling. Families and students were invited to enter Sottile yard to decorate cookies, take pictures with Santa or Clyde the Cougar and enjoy a delicious holiday meal.

Following the festivities was the official tree lighting. The Sottile tree was the first electronically lighted outdoor holiday tree in Charleston, and this past week it was lit for the 50th time. A tree of tradition, the College maintains the ritual and celebrates it with style every year. The Albert Sottile Family donated the house and tree, and each ornament placed on it is a reproduction of the

A little girl poses with Santa at the event. (Photo Courtesy of Julia Reilly)

A little girl poses with Santa at the event. (Photo Courtesy of Julia Reilly)

originals. Even the tradition of having the youngest family member light the tree held to be true.

The holiday season brings out the best in the world. Lights shine a little brighter, smiles spread a little faster and the warmth of a

fireplace seems to extend outside of just the living room. Generosity grows as people strive to help everyone celebrate in comfort. It is the most wonderful time of the year, and the College of Charleston is no exception to that claim.

Through the lighting of the Sottile House Tree, the College maintained the cheer and tradition with a few refreshments, carols and activities. As every individual in attendance belted out “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” that warm, cheery Christmas spirit slowly mystified campus. The dwindling sunlight was compensated by the glowing multicolored lights of the tree as fake snow was blown off the balcony of the quaint yellow house. Mcgee interjected amidst the caroling to quote “Elf,” saying “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Warm weather did not dampen Christmas spirits, and the stress of upcoming finals seemed to fade for a moment. Thanks to the Sottile House Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas time is finally here.

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