Christmas party replaces banquet

By Meagan Ramsay

Ludwig will be transformed into a “winter wonderland” Sunday, Dec. 11, for an all-school Christmas event.

Dubbed “The 12 Days of Christmas,” the party is a replacement for the cancelled winter banquet. Each major activity and event will be themed as a day described in the classic song, and all three floors of Ludwig will be decked out in holiday décor.

“You’re going to recognize it because it’s Ludwig, but it’s nothing like we’ve ever done before,” VP of Social Life Mitch Johnson said.

The third floor will have a “chill feel,” with old movies playing and popcorn. The cafeteria will be completely open, and special music guests will be the main attraction.

In addition, photo booth opportunities will be set up and students can make their own crafts as well as decorate one of the many trees scattered throughout Ludwig.

“They are going to be completely decorated by students. That’s why they’re bare right now,” Johnson explained.

Lower Ludwig will become “Green and Red Room” where students can indulge in “old-school” peppermint milk shakes and eggnog.

There will be fun activities such as bingo, karaoke in The Zone and possibly Dance Dance Revolution.

Common Grounds will take on a “homey” atmosphere with hot Christmas beverages and a saxophonist playing live Christmas music.

Johnson said all four classes would tackle a different portion of Ludwig, so each floor will have a unique atmosphere.

“We’re trying to have a little bit of everything for everyone,” Johnson said. “Banquet was very exclusive, and we want this to be as inclusive as possible.”

There will be many additional holiday contests – including an ugly sweater contest – prizes and giveaways for students.

The event begins at 8 p.m. and Johnson encourages students to demonstrate their Christmas cheer.

“Dressing up is completely encouraged but not required. [Students] can wear a Santa hat, an elf suit or grandpa’s sweater from 1920,” he said.

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