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#TBT: Christmas Through the Years Pt. 2

picture from 1999 Christmas Tree Lighting of people caroling

This week on our throwback countdown to Christmas (8 DAYS!) we’re taking it back two decades to the 1999 Christmas Tree Lighting. All of the pictures digitally archived from this event can be found here. The picture shown features singers, probably singing some classic carols in preparation for the tree lighting and the kick-off to the Christmas season.

The first thing that I think of when I think of Christmas trees is the debate of getting a real tree versus a fake tree. Growing up, we usually just had a fake tree and for the last handful of years, it’s just become a permanent fixture in our living room even though we’d redecorate it every year. Now, my husband and I go out and pick out a tree every year, and it’s become a family tradition with some of my in-laws. 

Real tree or fake, nothing beats the feeling of gathering around a Christmas tree with loved ones to hang lights, put up favorite ornaments, and finally top the tree with the topper to complete the scene. What Christmas tree traditions do you have?


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. 


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