Deck the Halls

Berry College began Christmas early with three sold out performances of the Berry College Theatre Company’s production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to help the students get into the holiday spirit before finals. In lieu of tickets, the audience donated money totaling $7,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Berry College Theatre Company student travel fund.

Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum hosted historic Christmas tours that allowed visitors to experience the holidays as they were celebrated during the time of Martha Berry’s childhood. This year, the Oak Hill mansion was decorated in a manner that the Berry Family of the late 19th century would recognize - decorations reflect the traditions and tastes of the Victorian era, and tours will highlight the customs that would have been familiar to Martha Berry. Guests were able to learn how Christmas came to be celebrated in the United States  as well as the unique traditions found in Southern households of the time.  

"Martha Berry grew up in the early days of Christmas in America,” observed Rachel McLucas, curator of the Martha Berry Museum. “In some ways, it was starkly different from our own celebrations, but we can see the beginnings of the holiday as we know it in modern times.”

The Berry College choirs, orchestra and trumpet ensemble performed for the annual Lessons & Carols service this year at the College Chapel. The chapel was packed with spectators  to listen and sing along with hymns and traditional Christmas songs. Students also celebrated the holidays by hosting a week-long event called “Christmas in Krannert” that included stocking decorating, gingerbread house judging and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Victoria Mashburn. Photos by student photographers Jacob Bushey, Sara Leimbach and Olivia Mead