On Monday, a large beautiful Christmas tree stood in the senior quad. However, due to the heavy rain, it remained not yet decorated. The unexpected weather conditions changed ASB’s planned schedule of events as they pushed their planned event to Tuesday instead.
On Wednesday, students were able to add even more décor to the tree as they colored printed papers of Christmas images. These papers then were stuck in the tree’s branches and added more Christmas spirit to the once plain tree.
On Thursday, hot chocolate was handed out to the Mesa students during tutorial and nutrition.
On Friday, students were invited to wear their tackiest and ugliest Christmas sweater they could find. Knitted pictures of reindeer and snowmen graced the front of many Christmas spirited students.
Everything from In-n-Out to snow cones to spam musubi was sold here and the Mesa students crowded around each booth, forming massive blobs instead of lines. Groups of students were crowded within the cafeteria with Noah JeyaRajah and Caitlyn Brock making announcements for individual clubs. The cafeteria kitchen, where many students buy lunch daily, was nearly deserted.
“It’s honestly a pretty good way to make money for your club,” said Rachel Russell, the sophomore class secretary.
This year though, due to extreme gusts of wind, Santa’s Village was held in the cafeteria rather than the lower quad, as its sister events such as Club Rush and International Week have been held in the past.
Of course, the majority of the student population gathered in the cafeteria to purchase the items sold by the clubs at Santa’s Village.
Freshman, Sabrina Knoob, said the events were “thoughtful and joyous”.
In spite of the unforseen weather, causing the events to be slightly off schedule, the week was still considered to be a success.
“It was all a great way to send us off into the New Year, especially Santa’s Village!” said sophomore Kyanna Truong as she was shoulder deep in the cotton candy sold by the Marching Band.