Christmas


Christmas Tree Lighting at The Charles Hotel

Parents carry their children on their shoulders to enable them to see the jazz band’s performance at this year’s Christmas tree lighting event at The Charles Hotel.


Conducting the Choir

Memorial Church Choirmaster Edward E. Jones conducts the Harvard University Choir as it performs "Silent Night" on Monday evening in Memorial Church. The performance was part of the 105th Annual Christmas Carol Service.


105th Annual Christmas Carol Service

On Monday, Dec. 15, the Harvard University Choir held Harvard's 105th Annual Christmas Carol Service in Memorial Church. Attendees of all ages gathered in the pews, crowded in the aisles, and stood at the back of the church as the choir alternated between carols, hymns, and psalms read by community members. According to the event program, attendees were invited to join the choir in singing "Silent Night" to commemorate the centenary of the Christmas Truce of 1914, when British and German soldiers fighting in World War I temporarily halted attacks in acknowledgement of the holiday. As the choir readied to begin the song, some attendees closed their eyes, others looked straight ahead, but all were silent.


Listening to the Service

Attendees of all ages gathered in the pews, crowded in the aisles, and stood at the back of Memorial Church as the Harvard University Choir alternated between carols, hymns, and psalms read by community members during the 105th Annual Christmas Carol Service on Monday evening.


Service in Progress

A sign requests that visitors remain quiet stood in front of the congregation area of Memorial Church on Monday evening during the 105th Annual Christmas Carol Service.


Filling the Pews

Attendees of all ages gather in Memorial Church for the 105th Annual Christmas Carol Service on Monday evening. According to the event program, the liturgy has remained largely the same as when the carol service began in 1910.


Singing Along

From left, MJ Richardson '17, Chloe B. Do '15, Karen-Alexandra Nogues '18, and Sarah C. Angell '18 sing along during the 105th Annual Christmas Carol Service in Memorial Church on Monday evening.


'Silent Night'

Memorial Church Choirmaster Edward E. Jones conducts the Harvard University Choir as it performs "Silent Night" on Monday evening in Memorial Church. The performance was part of the 105th Annual Christmas Carol Service.


Watching the Service

According to the event program, attendees were invited to join the choir in singing "Silent Night" to commemorate the centenary of the Christmas Truce of 1914, when British and German soldiers fighting in World War I temporarily halted attacks in acknowledgement of the holiday. As the choir readied to begin singing "Silent Night," some attendees closed their eyes, others looked straight ahead, but all were silent.


Hate it: Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties

I don’t understand why we all hang out all year, but do our own things for the month of December. Why can’t we just light the Chanukkah with the Kinara? Or fill stockings with latkes? Or do whatever we want to do, regardless of what God we’re fans of (or totally not fans of)?


Nearly 94 Percent of Student Applicants Receive Winter Break Housing

353 students were approved to stay on campus during Winter Break I—which runs from Dec. 22 to Jan. 1—and 1,322 students for Winter Break II, which runs from Jan. 2 to Jan. 16.


Runners are starting the 5K Yulefest race at the starting line on Massachusetts Avenue. The Yulefest race was a 5K run across Harvard Square in which participants were encouraged to wear holiday costumes.


Community Members Dash Around Cambridge in Yulefest 5K

Over a thousand people dressed as Santa Clauses, elves, and reindeer descended upon Harvard Square for the third annual Yulefest race on Sunday morning. The run, one of five annual 5k races in Cambridge, kicked off at the intersection of Holyoke Street and Massachusetts Avenue and was followed by a post-race block party on Brattle Street.


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