Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.
~ From Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
The first Christmas celebration at Rollins was held in the Parsonage, a nine-room frame house that was the home of President Edward Hooker. Holiday traditions have come and gone over the past 126 years, but the joy of sharing the season remains the same.
Here are some campus traditions, past and present:
Another Christmas party, with Prof. Hoyt Edge as an elf, Associate Vice President for Finance Bill Gailey as an angel, David Lord ’69 ’71MBA as Tiny Tim, Pres. Thaddeus Seymour as Santa Claus, and Vice President-Treasurer Jesse Morgan as Scrooge (circa 1982)
The Bach Festival Society, providing holiday music every year. Last December, members also took part in a new tradition, the holiday flash mob. Click here to watch: http://youtu.be/wKK_hbyyhpg
Best wishes for a joyous holiday season from the Rollins Archives.
~ by D. Moore, Archival Specialist