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Cat in the Stax: The Christmas Spirit

As Falvey’s Cat in the Stax, Rebecca writes articles covering a broad range of topics, from academics to hobbies to random events. All the while highlighting how Falvey Library can enhance your Villanova experience!

Happy last full week of classes! Hang in there, Wildcats, because the semester is almost over. Then it’s a nice, long, well-deserved break where we have almost an entire month to rest and recharge.

This semester has been flying by, and Christmas will be here before you know it. Now that we are finally in the month of December, I thought it would be nice to provide you with some ways you can get into the Christmas spirit and get excited for the approaching holiday.

Listen to Christmas Music

This one is kind of a given, and I know people who have been listening to Christmas tunes since November, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea. Whether you’re driving to campus, walking to class, or even doing schoolwork, listening to popular Christmas music is a good way to jam out and get pumped up for the season. There are hundreds of playlists on Spotify or Apple Music, and Spotify has an official Christmas Classics playlist if you want to hear those old-time staples.

Check out Christmas Light Displays

If you have some free time this weekend, grab some friends and go see any of the light shows/displays Philly puts on every year. Some popular ones are the Electrical Spectacle Light Show at Franklin Square, LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo, and the LuminoCity Holiday Lights Festival at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Take a break from your studies and go look at some beautiful lights to put yourself in a holly jolly mood!

Villanova Christmas Tree at Riley Ellipse

Villanova Christmas Tree at Riley Ellipse

Attend Christmas at Villanova

Villanova hosts a couple Christmas events during December to help bring the holiday spirit onto campus. The Tree Lighting already occurred earlier this week, but don’t fret because next Monday is the University’s Holiday Village and Night Market from 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m at the Riley Ellipse. This annual event features carriage rides, food trucks, local market vendors, entertainment, and more. Celebrate the last day of classes with an evening of food, shopping, and fun! (This is also the perfect opportunity to get some Christmas gift shopping done!)

Get Involved in Villanova’s Holiday Outreach

Christmas is the season of giving, so this is a great time to get involved in volunteering and charity work to help those in need. It’s at this time that Villanova’s Campus Ministry is now hosting the second drive of their Holiday Outreach Programs. The current Christmas Outreach provides multiple options for you to give to others. You could gather a group of friends and “adopt a family” through Villanova’s partnership with North Light Community Center, donate gift cards or contribute to Amazon Wishlists, support a toy drive, or help deliver gifts. The Christmas Outreach is a great way to give back to and support the surrounding community.

Reminder: Villanova De-Stresser Events

Reminding you all of these events happening tomorrow in anticipation of finals week:

To remind students to take care of themselves during finals, Health Services will be hosting a Thriving Through Finals event on Thursday, December 7 at 12 p.m. in the Connelly Center. Pick up a healthy snack, meet the campus dietitian, and learn what foods you can eat to support you during finals week!

If you happen to be studying in Falvey on December 7, feel free to stop by Speakers’ Corner for our Stress Busting Open House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Library will have snacks and video games. It will be a great way to take a break from work and re-energize yourself!


Rebecca Amrick

Rebecca Amrick is a first year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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Last Modified: December 6, 2023

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