With no snow on the ground and the temperature at a relatively mild 44 degrees, St. Thomas brought a little bit of Christmas spirit to its St. Paul Campus Tuesday evening.
Even though this is only the 13th year of the annual St. Thomas tree lighting ceremony, the nativity scene atop the arches has a history dating back more than 50 years.
Christmas carols sung by members of the St. Thomas choirs served as a backdrop while about 75 onlookers waited for twilight. Members of the St. Thomas community along with the Rev. Father Dennis Dease spoke at the event. Then just before nightfall, thousands of lights on trees in the Lower Quad and on the sidewalk connecting both quads lit up the scene.
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