Thanks to all of you who braved the cold and joined us for our annual Christmas dinner. It was great to see so many of you and many student workers and DPAC staff as well. I hope that fun was had by all!
Let’s recap for those of you who couldn’t make it.
This year your Christmas cards contain not only your Spring 2018 Presenting Series discount voucher but also a special gift from ND Development. The Special Events & Stewardship section of Development sent over Notre Dame pins that are part of the University’s new “Boldly” campaign. They were sent to thank you all for your help with the many successful performances of Sorin this past semester. We thank you too! You did such a great job, they’re bringing it back next month!
Thanks to our tech department as they did a great job decorating. We had, for the first time, the yule log on the video screen in the Philbin. Very festive!
We had the pleasure of future music superstar Alex Mansour playing Christmas songs on the piano throughout dinner. He even accompanied Usher Reynaldo for a searing rendition of Reynaldo’s hit song: Shoveling in a Winter Wonderland! Special thanks to Alex, as he was gracious enough to take time out of preparing for finals to play for us. We’ll miss him this semester as he will be studying abroad in London.
After dinner we each shared our favorite Christmas songs. Many, many songs to choose from. I think close to 50 were named! Would have to say the most popular were O Holy Night and Mary, Did You Know? Many Pentatonix fans among you! My personal favorite is 80’s hard rock band Twisted Sister’s version of O Come All Ye Faithful. It is both joyful and triumphant! Okay…fine, I’m sure Pentatonix does that too!
We closed the evening with an ill-advised complete reading of the soon-to-be-classic: A Die Hard Christmas. Whoops, forgot that movie was violent! Oh well, maybe next year I’ll read The Polar Express or something else with more Christmas cheer!
For those who were unable to be with us, we will be mailing you a Christmas card, which contains your Spring 2018 Presenting Series discount voucher. We’ll give you the Boldly Notre Dame pins when you’re in for your next shift.
Well that’s it for 2017. Thanks again to all of you for giving us so much of your time this year! Look forward to seeing you all in 2018!