Beloved traditions kick off SMU holiday season

Celebration of Lights

SMU welcomes the holiday season with the Student Foundation’s annual Celebration of Lights at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees and luminarias will line the sidewalks during a night of caroling and a holiday performance by SMU’s Voices of Inspiration. In addition, President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. A reception in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

On Dec. 6, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology offers its traditional Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols in Perkins Chapel at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. Originating in a cathedral in Cornwall, England, in 1888, the service is the retelling through scripture and song of the story of redemption through Jesus Christ. Performers include the Perkins Seminary Singers led by Michael Hawn, director of sacred music; and the Meadows Women’s Ensemble conducted by Pamela Elrod, director of choral activities. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of sacred music, will serve as organist. Music includes pieces from Western and world music traditions as well as selections from Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.